DEAR DOCTOR K: I have hypertension. Should I be monitoring my blood pressure at home?
DEAR READER: You bet. It's easy and inexpensive, and provides you and your doctor the information you need to protect your health.
About one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, or hypertension. And about half of those with high blood pressure don't have it under control. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.