High blood pressure (BP), or hypertension, cannot be felt, so it should be measured both in the doctor’s office where it can be high (which we call “white coat” syndrome) and at home where we may see a more accurate and meaningful number. The ideal BP, independent of age, is 130 or lower over 85 and under. If one can keep their BP in this range, this lowers the future risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure. We at Woodholme Cardiovascular Associates believe that supervising blood pressure is so important for our patients’ health that we have committed time and personnel to maintain an extensive home monitoring program in which we supply patients a free cuff so we can monitor every pressure taken and regularly call patients with guidance to get to those numbers. The good news is that most insurances will pay for this monthly service! For those interested, please ask your doctor if you qualify for the Blip Care remote blood pressure monitoring program because we at Woodholme would rather prevent problems than have to treat the consequences in the future.