Blood Pressure Test

Posted September 30, 2022 by Anusha ‐ 2 min read

Steps for taking your blood pressure at home are detailed. You should follow a doctor’s instructions on when and how often to do this.

How can I get an accurate blood pressure measurement?

There are a few simple steps to help get an accurate blood pressure reading. Keep in mind that certain factors can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise. Blood pressure normally rises as a result of:

  • Stress

  • Smoking

  • Cold temperatures

  • Exercise

  • A full stomach

  • Full bladder

  • Caffeine

  • Certain medicines

Steps to follow before recording blood pressure

  • Find a quiet place.

  • Check to be sure you have the correct size cuff. If you are not sure, or if you have questions, talk to your healthcare provider.

  • Roll up the sleeve on your left arm or remove any tight-sleeved clothing, if needed.

  • Rest in a chair next to a table for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Sit up straight with your back against the chair, legs uncrossed and on the ground.

  • Rest your forearm on the table with the palm of your hand facing up.

  • You should not talk, read the newspaper, or watch television during this process.

Process of recording blood pressure

  • If you have been asked to record your blood pressure and bring your readings to the office, please write down the date, time of day, systolic and diastolic numbers, heart rate, and which arm you took the reading on.

  • If you are taking part in a program that has remote monitoring, your blood pressure readings are automatically shared with your medical provider.

  • If you are unsure, please ask your provider.

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