More people should be measuring their blood pressure at home for optimal health

Regularly checking your own blood pressure offers an important glimpse into your health and gives you the chance to keep your heart and brain in good shape.

Yet most older adults who would especially benefit from this habit don’t monitor their numbers at home, the University of Michigan of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found. The results, based on a national sample of Americans 50 to 80 years old, were published this month.

About 60% of people in this age group have had to deal with a stroke, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or hypertension.

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