Blood pressure can be checked at home using a portable blood pressure monitor. It is easily available these days. All you need to do is wrap the cuff around your wrist and push the on/off button to get a blood pressure reading. It is recommended for people with risk factors for high blood pressure and for people diagnosed with pre-hypertension or hypertension. Monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in addition to regular monitoring by your physician. A new study has revealed that the hypertension self-management program consisting of patients measuring their blood pressure can help reduce blood pressure for high-risk patients.
Digital BP monitors have a cuff and a gauge. The cuff can be wrapped around the upper arm or wrist and automatically inflated with a button. The gauge records the blood pressure and heart rate, and the reading is displayed on the position sensor screen. These monitors can be connected to a computer, some even to your mobile device, which helps analyze the readings.