Do you know your numbers? About one-third of the population has high blood pressure, but millions don't know it! People who lower their blood pressure to a healthy level (the ideal number is 115/75) can lower their risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.
Your blood pressure numbers at a doctor's office are often inaccurate and don't necessarily reflect your health. Instead of getting a yearly reading during a routine exam, Dr. Oz recommends you take your blood pressure regularly at home. Here are Dr. Oz's guidelines:
- Don't get cuffed too fast! Settle down for five minutes before you take your blood pressure.
- For one week, take your blood pressure once in the morning and once at night. This will give you the most accurate reading.
- Take it on a monthly basis, too.
Use this tracker to help you document your numbers. Get the printable version here!