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Will I see differences between my readings at home compared to readings in my doctor’s office?

Will I see differences between my readings at home compared to readings in my doctor’s office?

Yes, you will see some differences. This is normal & can occur for many reasons. Some of the more common reasons are:

  1. A person’s blood pressure varies throughout the day, so at any given moment your blood pressure can change.
  2. In terms of the amount of change; there are published studies that show a given person’s blood pressure can change by up to 20 mm within a day, based on activity levels, food/drink intake, stress, etc.
  3. You may have a condition known as “White Coat Hypertension.” This is a condition in which a blood person’s blood pressure rises above its usual level when it is measured in a doctor’s office or clinical setting.
  4. You may have a condition known as “Masked Hypertension.” This is a situation in which a person’s blood pressure falls below its usual level when it measure in a doctor’s office or clinical setting.

So do not be alarmed when you see differences between your readings at home compared to your readings in your doctor’s office. Discuss it with your doctor to get the best overall picture of your heart health.