DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor told me to check my blood pressure at home, but he didn't give me many details. Could you provide some guidance?
DEAR READER: Keeping your blood pressure in check is vital to maintaining heart health and preventing stroke. But the way most of us monitor our pressure -- by trekking to the doctor's office for occasional blood pressure checks -- is far from ideal. For one thing, it provides isolated snapshots, rather than a complete picture.