Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Blood pressure monitoring frequency recommendations


BP Monitoring Frequency


Lifestyle  changes Every 3-6 months Monitoring every  1-2 months may  be needed with  a “high-normal” BP (130-139/85-89)
Drug  therapy and lifestyle changes

Monthly, until target BP is met.

Once blood pressure is stable with  2 consecutive BP readings below target, monitoring interval is every  3-6 months.

Shorter intervals may  be required for severe HTN, intolerance of drug therapy, presence of target organ damage.

Stable, normotensive clients should undertake self/home monitoring for one week  every  3 months


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