Best Practices for Taking Your Blood Pressure
When measuring your blood pressure at home, there are a few best practices we recommend to ensure you are getting the most accurate readings from your blood pressure monitor.
1. Prepare for your reading
- Try and rest for at least 10 minutes before taking your blood pressure.
- Don't exercise, smoke, or drink caffeinated beverages within 1 hour prior to taking your reading.
2. Sit comfortably and upright
- When you're ready to take your reading, sit upright in a comfortable position.
- Your back should be straight and supported, your legs uncrossed, and your feet flat on the floor.
3. Position your arm at heart height
- Your arm should rest, supported, at the level of your heart (such as on a table or arm chair).
- If your arm rests below heart level, you can elevate it using a pillow or cushion.
- Your palm should face up.
4. Position the cuff on your upper arm
- Secure the cuff around your upper arm with the velcro.
- The cuff should fit snugly on your upper arm (not too tight, not too loose).
- If your cuff has a white arrow on it, the arrow should point upward towards your face.
5. Try and stay relaxed during your reading
- Don't walk, talk, or otherwise move during your reading.
- If you need to take take multiple readings, wait 2-3 minutes in between each reading before starting again.