Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
Resources
About MyHeartDiseaseTeam

Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
Resources
About MyHeartDiseaseTeam

Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home? New Guidelines Set Healthy Readings

Posted on December 07, 2018


By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you're taking your blood pressure at home, a reading of 130 over 80 or above should be considered high, researchers report.


A reading of 120 over 80 is considered in the normal range.

"Most guidelines have recommended out-of-office monitoring for diagnosis of hypertension, but the normal limits of home blood pressure have not been accurately determined in the U.S. population," said study leader Dr. Wanpen Vongpatanasin. She is director of the Hypertension Fellowship Program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

In the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 3,700 U.S. adults, aged 30 to 65. The finding matches guidelines issued in 2017 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Co-author Dr. James de Lemos is a professor of internal medicine who holds a chair in cardiology at UT. "This study confirms the value of monitoring blood pressure at home as part of a comprehensive cardiovascular disease prevention strategy," he said in a university news release.


Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. At-home blood pressure screening can better predict high blood pressure than a single measurement taken at a doctor's office, according to cardiologists.

This is due to a phenomenon called "white-coat syndrome," when blood pressure readings are higher when taken at the doctor's office due to patient anxiety, Vongpatanasin explained.

"Home blood pressure readings should be taken after resting quietly for five minutes. They should be taken multiple times, preferably twice a day over five to seven days with a minimum of two readings each time," Vongpatanasin said.


SOURCE: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, news release, Oct. 29, 2018
Copyright © 2018 All rights reserved.

Here are some questions and conversations from MyHeartDiseaseTeam:

How often do you lovely people check your blood pressure? 😊

"I get short of breath and dizzy even when just doing clothes. It's so frustrating. Going to reach out to primary as blood pressure is still running high and symptoms are not getting better."

Do your blood pressure readings taken at home differ significantly from the readings your doctor takes? Share in the comments below or directly on MyHeartDiseaseTeam.

All updates must be accompanied by text or a picture.

Related articles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updated boosters for messenger RNA...

New COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Omicron: What To Know if You Have Heart Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updated boosters for messenger RNA...
If you have heart disease that leads to symptoms like an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm,...

7 Facts To Know About Pacemakers and Heart Disease

If you have heart disease that leads to symptoms like an irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm,...
With marijuana (cannabis) becoming legalized more and more in the United States, its recreational...

Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Heart?

With marijuana (cannabis) becoming legalized more and more in the United States, its recreational...
When you’re diagnosed with an illness like cardiovascular disease (better known as heart...

5 Foods To Eat With Heart Disease

When you’re diagnosed with an illness like cardiovascular disease (better known as heart...
Former “All My Children” star Susan Lucci had another stent placed in early 2022, after having...

What Susan Lucci’s Heart Disease Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

Former “All My Children” star Susan Lucci had another stent placed in early 2022, after having...
If you’re living with heart disease, you may also experience sleeping problems like insomnia....

Insomnia With Heart Disease: 9 Tips for Better Sleep

If you’re living with heart disease, you may also experience sleeping problems like insomnia....

Recent articles

Heart conditions are often treated with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. In...

7 Common Types of Heart Surgery

Heart conditions are often treated with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. In...
Leg pain is a familiar and uncomfortable experience for many members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam. If...

Leg Pain and Heart Disease: 5 Tips for Relief

Leg pain is a familiar and uncomfortable experience for many members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam. If...
Heart failure can be divided into four stages of severity, based on heart function.The symptoms...

How Does Heart Failure Progress Over Time?

Heart failure can be divided into four stages of severity, based on heart function.The symptoms...
Ejection fraction (EF) is a measurement used to assess heart failure.Heart failure can be present...

Ejection Fraction and Heart Failure: What Does It Mean?

Ejection fraction (EF) is a measurement used to assess heart failure.Heart failure can be present...
Depression and heart disease are among the most common health conditions in America. Research...

Depression and Heart Disease

Depression and heart disease are among the most common health conditions in America. Research...
If you have heart disease, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a procedure called...

4 Facts To Know About Stents and Heart Disease

If you have heart disease, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a procedure called...
MyHeartDiseaseTeam My heart disease Team

Thank you for subscribing!

Become a member to get even more:

sign up for free

close