Go for quality Plan to spend $50 to $75 for a good digital arm-cuff monitor, says Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic in Minnesota. Bring it to your doctor annually so she can make sure your home measurement is accurate.
Get a good read Sit relatively still for 5 minutes before the test. During the test, keep your arm at the level of your heart (rest it on a table), and try not to talk.
Track your results Jot your numbers on a pad or use a program like the one at