How To Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

Taking yourblood pressure at home can help you control your levels, and is simple to do. You should take readingsat the same time each day, such as, before you take yourmedications in the morning, and before bedtime at night. Don’t smoke, drink coffee, or exercise for at least 30 minutes before measuring.

Sit comfortably in a chairwith you back supported. And rest quietly for five minutes. Keep you feet flat on the floor. Don’t cross your legs. Using a table or desk, supportyour arm in front of you at about the level of your heart. Wrap the cuff snuglyaround your upper arm, just above the crease in yourelbow and inflate the cuff.

Take two or three readings about a minute apart at each session. Record all your readings along with the date and time of day. And bring this log with you to your next health care appointment. I can see you were quite highwhen we first started here, about 150 and then

Measuringyour blood pressure each day will give your healthcareprovider a clear picture of your blood pressurein your everyday life. I can see thatyou’re very well controlled. Your medicationsmay need to be adjusted to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association does not recommend any particular brand

of blood pressure monitor,but there are some things to look for when you shop for a unit. Consider only thosewith an inflatable cuff that wraps around your upper arm. If your upper arm is larger than average, you may need a bigger cuff. Wrist monitors are not asaccurate as cuff monitors. Look on the label to see that the monitor

has been validated foraccuracy and reliability. When you go for your next check up, take your blood pressure monitor with you. Ask your health care provider to make sure you’re using it correctly. And test it for accuracy. Okay, let’s check your monitor now and see if you get thesame readings as I got

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