You may be aware that last fall, The American College of Cardiology changed the guidelines for measuring high blood pressure. As a result, many more people now fall into the category of needing to monitor their blood pressure. Regular monitoring and sensible lifestyle choices can definitely help you keep your blood pressure under control. So can diet changes, like watching your salt intake and adding potassium-rich foods to your regular menu. If you’re someone who needs to regularly monitor your blood pressure, does this mean frequent trips to the doctor? Not necessarily. In fact, new research published in the British journal The Lancet finds that self-monitoring at home can be more valuable to lowering blood pressure than physician monitoring. Read more about this research Here. If you’re planning to monitor your own blood pressure, you may want to read about new smartphone technology that rivals the accuracy of the usual arm cuff devices. To find out how placing your fingers on your phone may do the job for you, roll up your sleeve and take a look Here.