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It’s important to find out if you do because if left untreated, it can cause serious harm to your heart, kidneys and eyes. People with high blood pressure also have a greater risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Since high blood pressure often causes no noticeable symptoms, checking your blood pressure regularly is vital, even when you’re feeling fine.
Whether you’re getting your blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office or taking it at home, it’s important to make sure it’s done right. Your care is based on the results, and it must be done correctly for an accurate result.
Try these tips to get a good reading:
If you’re having your blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office, don’t be afraid to speak up if you see that it isn’t being taken correctly. And ask to have it taken again if the reading is higher or lower than the normal range. Take charge of your health by making sure you get accurate results.
If you want to keep track of your blood pressure at home, get a home device that pumps up the arm cuff. Make sure the cuff fits right. Avoid gadgets that go on the finger or wrist. And take it with you to a doctor’s visit at least once a year to make sure the readings are right. Have the doctor watch you use your device to make sure you’re using it correctly.
If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about what changes you can make to keep it under control.
Read Your Blood Pressure and Your Health to learn more about blood pressure and why it’s so important to know your numbers and keep them in a safe range.
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