Why should I monitor my blood pressure at home?

Monitoring your blood pressure at home helps you and your doctor choose how to treat your high blood pressure. Controlling it can help lower the risk of problems with your heart, kidneys, and eyes.

How do I monitor my blood pressure at home?

There are many easy-to-use blood pressure monitors available. You can buy them at most drug stores and medical supply stores. Electronic blood pressure monitors display your blood pressure. The cuffs can be inflated by hand or automatically.

Be sure to use a cuff that fits you, and don’t wear tight clothes when checking your blood pressure. Rest quietly before and during measurement. Rest your arm at heart level during measurement. Don’t exercise or use any caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulants 30 minutes before taking your blood pressure.

Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose a monitor and teach you how to use it.

How often should I monitor my blood pressure?

This depends on several things, such as your usual blood pressure and how well it is controlled. Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood pressure.

What should my blood pressure be?

This varies from person to person. Your doctor will tell you what your goals should be. Also, ask your doctor what to do if you get readings above or below your goals.

Blood pressure goal:

Contact your doctor if your blood pressure is:

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar at Home

Why should I monitor my blood sugar at home?

Monitoring your blood sugar at home helps you and your doctor make good choices about treating your diabetes. Controlling it can help lower the risk of problems with your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.

How do I monitor my blood sugar at home?

There are many easy-to-use blood sugar meters available. You can buy them at most drug stores and medical supply stores. When choosing a meter, you should think about features you want, like test time, sample size, and memory, and whether the meter can test somewhere other than your fingertips. Be sure you read the directions on how to use the meter before using it.

How often should I check my blood sugar?

This depends on several things, such as the type of medicines you are taking and how well your diabetes is controlled. Your doctor will tell you how often to check your blood sugar.

What should my blood sugar level be?

Your doctor will tell you what your goals should be. Ask your doctor what to do if your blood sugar is above or below your goal.

Fasting blood sugar goal:

Blood sugar goal one to two hours after meals:

Blood sugar goal at bedtime or during the night (2 a.m.):

Contact your doctor if your blood sugar is: