Having a proper high school diploma and a partner are equally important, as according to a study, lower education levels and having no partner are associated with a lower frequency of home blood pressure monitoring. Having less than a high school diploma and no partner was associated with a lower frequency of home blood pressure monitoring. It is important to monitor your blood pressure levels as they can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The researchers assessed the data of 6,113 adults from the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The adults, who had high blood pressure, were aware of it and were being treated, showed higher rates of home monitoring. The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure.
Home monitoring allows hypertensive individuals to take ownership of their treatment and help healthcare providers determine whether the treatments are working or not. It also helps to evaluate the potential false readings that differ between the doctor’s office and at home.
This recommendation is in concert with the American Heart Association and American Medical Association’s nationwide initiative, to target: BP, which encourages health care providers to reach and sustain a blood pressure control rate of 70% or higher among their patients. The study is presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions.