Hypertension is a common disease that develops when blood flows through your arteries at higher-than-normal pressures. In this article we'll 4 discuss tips for monitoring your blood pressure at home. At the end of the article, we'll provide you with a free blood pressure log to download.
Be calm and avoid moving during the reading. Don't smoke, drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages, or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
Position yourself correctly. Sit with upright with good posture. Your arm should be supported on a flat surface (such as a table) with the upper arm at heart level. Make sure the bottom of the cuff is placed directly above the bend of the elbow.
Measure at the same time every day. It is important to take the readings at the same time each day so that the readings can be tracked and evaluated with greater accuracy. Typically, it is best to take the readings daily when tracking your blood pressure. Ideally the readings should be taken beginning two weeks after a change in treatment and during the week before your next appointment.
Utilize a blood pressure log. Keep track of your readings on your phone or a paper log and bring the information to your next appointment. The blood pressure log should include the date, time, blood pressure, and pulse.
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