More and more, healthcare providers are asking people to take their blood pressure (BP) at home regularly because it provides them with helpful information in managing their health. However, when people start taking their BP at home, some notice differences between their at-home measurements and their in-office measurements.
If you are someone who gets nervous at the mere thought of stepping into a doctor’s office, you may be able to imagine why your blood pressure readings might vary between the office and your home — you’re stressed when you go to the doctor!
The reasons for variances in BP readings can be a bit more complicated than a just fear of clinical settings, though. Time of day, level of activity, diet, and yes, even your location are all factors that can have a significant impact on your blood pressure.
To help ease your fears and concerns about these differences, here’s a breakdown of what may be affecting your readings and what you (and your doctor) can do about it.