I can’t stress this enough: ignoring the symptoms could be life-threatening. So the best way to stay informed and ahead of any emergencies, like a stroke or a heart attack, is to get your blood pressure readings checked. Many pharmacies check blood pressure, and you can also check your own blood pressure even at home. So over the counter blood pressure measuring cuffs are generally very accurate. If you have any risk factors for high blood pressure or a history in your family, it’s recommended to have your blood pressure checked at home so that you can monitor your blood pressure regularly.