Maybe you were just diagnosed with Hypertension (aka High Blood Pressure), or you’ve had it for years and your doctor now wants you to start monitoring your blood pressure at home. Many home blood pressure monitors are just as accurate as the doctor’s office. In fact, many doctors have started using automated BP devices in their offices because they eliminate the human error of manual methods. There is a wide range of home blood pressure monitors available, but it is important to be sure that the blood pressure monitor you choose is accurate and the right one for you, make sure you ask your doctor to help you in picking a UK approved blood pressure monitor.
Here is a step by step process on how to use a home blood pressure monitor properly.
(a) Relax: Sit quietly and in an upright position for two to five minutes before checking your blood pressure.
(b) Rest your arm on a table if you have one and just make sure your hand and arm are relaxed on the table. It’s important that you don’t clench your fist when you’re taking your blood pressure.
(c) Place the machine on a table next to you so while you’re seated, you can keep your arm next to it comfortably.
(d) Wear the cuff over bare skin. Place it around your upper arm about one inch above the bend of your elbow. Secure the cuff tightly and evenly, but make sure you still have room to slide two fingers under the top edge of the cuff.
(e) Press start. During your measurement, do not talk, move, or eat. Any one of these things can impact your measurement.
(f) A few minutes after you’ve taken your blood pressure, it’s a good idea to check it again, to make sure the readings are similar and accurate.
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