It is useful for everyone to keep an eye on their blood pressure, because having a healthy blood pressure helps to lower the risk of stroke, heart disease and other conditions.
Many people with high blood pressure also find that measuring their own blood pressure helps them to feel more in control of their condition.
Your doctor or nurse will want to measure your blood pressure regularly. This is to make sure that your lifestyle changes and/or medicines are helping to bring your blood pressure down.
You might find it helpful to monitor your blood pressure at home as well. This can be very useful, for a number of reasons:
Some studies have found that people who regularly monitor their blood pressure at home are more in control of their blood pressure and are more likely to keep up with positive lifestyle changes to keep it down. Home monitoring can also give your doctor or nurse a more complete picture of what your blood pressure is like from day to day.