Why is it important to monitor your blood pressure?

It is important to keep a track of your blood pressure reading so that you have a clearer picture of your risk for heart disease and stroke. Also, the record shows your doctor how your blood pressure changes throughout the day. If you have hypertension and take medicines to control your blood pressure, it will help document if they are working. Measuring your blood pressure at home is a good way to take part in managing your health.