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4 Steps to Self-Monitor Blood Pressure


A significant chunk of our adult population has high blood pressure or hypertension, and many don’t even know it.


High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and even death, but it can be controllable.




To stay on top of your blood pressure and manage risks, follow these easy steps from the American Heart Association to self-monitor blood pressure:

  • Get It – grab your validated self-monitoring blood pressure (SMBP) device

  • Slip It – slide the SMBP cuff up your arm

  • Cuff It – wrap the cuff snugly, but not too tight

  • Check It – check your blood pressure on the device

Then be sure to share those numbers with your doctor.


Did you know that certain OTC pain relievers can elevate blood pressure? Ask your doctor about over-the-counter pain relievers that won’t raise your blood pressure.


Visit heart.org/hbptools to watch a video and find of list of resources.


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(Family Features)

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