Measuring Blood Pressure 2018-07-24T20:35:49+00:00

Measuring Blood Pressure

When monitoring blood pressure at home, keep in mind these tips:

  • Do not smoke or drink caffeine 30 minutes before you plan to take your blood pressure.
  • Rest quietly for 5 minutes before starting.
  • Sit with your feet flat on the floor, with your back and arm supported. Keep your arm at heart level.
  • Apply the blood pressure cuff on a bare arm.
  • Measure it twice in the morning and twice in the evening for 7 days before your doctor’s appointment (or after a change in medication).
  • Keep your readings in a log. Download a Blood Pressure Log (.pdf)
  • Try not to speak while taking your measurement.

The importance of tracking your blood pressure

Checking and recording your blood pressure regularly is very useful because it:

  • Helps your health care provider know how well it is controlled.
  • Helps you track the progress of your treatment and lifestyle changes, if you’ve already been diagnosed with hypertension.
  • Is a helpful reminder to stick to your treatment plan.

Which blood pressure device should you choose?