Tips for Taking Accurate Blood Pressure Readings at Home

Knowing your true blood pressure will put you in control and prevent overtreatment. Here are the rules you need to follow.

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Blood pressure fluctuates predictably over a 24-hour period in response to Circadian rhythms and cortisol levels. A sharp rise occurs at 4 a.m. Blood pressure peaks between 6 a.m. and noon, drops around 1 to 2 p.m. It peaks again around 5 to 6 p.m., then drops by 15 percent overnight.
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