Best Practices for Taking Your Blood Pressure
When measuring your blood pressure at home, there are a few best practices we recommend to ensure you are getting the most accurate readings from your blood pressure monitor.
- Prepare for your reading - Try and rest for 5-10 minutes before taking your blood pressure. Don't exercise, smoke, or drink caffeinated beverages within 30 minutes prior to taking your reading.
- Sit comfortably and upright - When you're ready to take your reading, sit upright in a comfortable position. Your back should be straight and supported, your legs uncrossed, and your feet flat on the floor.
- Position your arm - Your arm should rest, supported, at the level of your heart (such as on a table or arm chair). If your arm rests below heart level, you can elevate it using a pillow or cushion. Your palm should be face up.
- Place the cuff on your arm - Position the cuff on your upper arm so that the bottom of the cuff rests just above the bend of your elbow. Remove any clothing so that you can place the cuff directly on your arm. The cuff should be snug, but comfortable, to start. Not too tight, and not too loose.
- Take your reading - During your reading, try and stay relaxed. Don't walk, talk, or otherwise move during your reading. If you need to take take multiple readings, wait 2-3 minutes in between each reading before starting again.
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