is not enough to diagnose hypertension. People who have a slightly elevated reading at one doctor visit should not be rushed onto medication. To be sure that a patient has hypertension that needs treatment, blood pressure should be measured over a longer period outside the doctor’s office, either by wearing a 24-hour-a-day pressure cuff or using a device to monitor blood pressure at home.
Source: Samuel Joseph Mann, MD, hypertension specialist and professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City. Bottom Line Personal April 15, 2015