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When and how often you take readings will depend on your blood pressure. Your doctor or nurse will be able to advise you. It can be useful to monitor your blood pressure closely at first, then less often but at regular intervals.
When you first start, measure your blood pressure morning and evening, every day for a week. Discard your first day’s blood pressure readings – they may not be accurate because you are not familiar with your monitor. At the end of the week you will have a useful picture of what your blood pressure is like normally. You can then take readings less often – once a week perhaps. Your doctor or nurse will be able to advise you.
At times, you may want to monitor your blood pressure more regularly for a period. For example if you are given a new medicine or a higher dose of medicine, then you could measure your blood pressure over a few weeks to see if this is having any effect.
Take home blood pressure readings at the same time each day. This will mean that you are comparing ‘like with like’. You could use your blood pressure monitor first thing in the morning or last thing at night before you go to bed.