Experts are encouraging older people to regularly monitor their blood pressure at home as new figures show that less than half of adults over the age of 50 carry out the check.

A study conducted by Michigan Medicine has found that 52 per cent of adults aged between 50 and 80 do not monitor their blood pressure at home.

Prior research has reported that frequently checking your blood pressure at home can prevent cardiovascular and brain complications, such as heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

More than 1,200 people completed a poll to outline their health status and how often they check their blood pressure at home.

All of the participants have a medical condition that demands good blood pressure control, such as coronary cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart failure and hypertension.

More than half of the participants had a blood pressure monitor at home, but many admitted to never using it, the findings have revealed.

According to the researchers, individuals who frequently check their blood pressure at home are more likely to have lower blood pressure than those who do not regularly monitor at home.

The results from this study can now be accessed in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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