How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

It will be higher in the daytime than at night. For some people, blood pressure will be higher if it is taken in the presence of a doctor.

That’s why the new guidelines say doctors should measure a patient’s blood pressure two or more times and on two or more occasions. The average of those measurements will give the doctor some idea whether your blood pressure is too high.

So what happens then?

If blood pressure seems high in the doctor’s office, then ideally you should measure it at home, in the morning and before dinner. Doctors also may provide patients with a device worn on the arm that measures pressure at periodic intervals over 24 hours.

Be warned: Some people have so-called masked hypertension, including up to 30 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease….

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