Americans are self-monitoring blood pressure more often—if they're married

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More Americans are monitoring their blood pressure at home, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, but those more likely to do so have partners and college degrees.

The AHA reported that while the number of U.S. residents checking their blood pressure at home on at least a monthly basis has increased 4 percent, from 21.7 percent in 2009-2010 to 25.5 percent in 2013-2014, having less than a high school diploma and not being in a relationship decreased the likelihood of these healthy habits.

Adults who had high blood pressure, were aware of their condition and were being treated for the hypertension were also more likely to monitor at home.

Researchers drew data from the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to evaluate 6,113 American adults for this study.

The AHA, as well as the American Medical Association, recommends home monitoring for anyone with high blood pressure.

“Home monitoring allows hypertensive individuals to take ownership of their treatment and helps healthcare providers determine whether treatments are working,” the AHA states on its website. “It also helps to evaluate potential false readings that differ between the doctor’s office and at home.”