Do doctor offices offer blood pressure charts upon request?


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It is unclear whether a patient can receive a blood pressure chart at a doctor’s office upon request. A doctor, though, does allow his patients to monitor their blood pressure at home before he confirms a high blood pressure diagnosis, according to the American Heart Association.

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The consistent monitoring of blood pressure over an extended period not only provides doctors with an accurate picture of a patient’s blood pressure, it also mitigates against aberrant readings caused by either white-coat hypertension or masked hypertension. White-coat hypertension is when a patient’s blood pressure readings are higher in a doctor’s office than in any other setting, according to the Mayo Clinic. Conversely, some patients have normal readings in a doctor’s office but higher readings at home. This is an example of masked hypertension.

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