American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare provider to determine whether treatments are working.
Before proceeding to the tips of measuring blood pressure at home, let us learn about some basics about blood pressure.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood flowing against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is expressed as a fraction of two numbers. The upper number is called the Systolic Blood Pressure and it is the highest pressure in a cardiac cycle. The lower number is called the Diastolic Blood Pressure and it is the lowest pressure in the cardiac cycle. BP is the commonly used abbreviation for blood pressure and the unit of blood pressure is mmHg which stands for millimetres mercury.