There's a reason why they measure your blood pressure almost every time you walk into a doctor's office: It's a quick, painless way to learn about the health of your heart, although that doesn't mean it's the most Good method. This is because blood pressure can vary due to a number of factors, including pain, temperature, and physical exertion. Don't worry if you can't imagine sitting at the kitchen table measuring your blood pressure yourself. Our newest wireless blood pressure monitor is wireless, digital, and easier to use than ever.
We recommend that patients with high blood pressure remove their wireless sphygmomanometer one week before their visit and measure twice a day so doctors can use these measurements to guide blood pressure management. The patient can put away the wireless blood pressure monitor until the next visit unless the doctor actively changes the treatment plan.
You should discuss with your doctor the number of routine measurements that are right for you. But in general, it is best to measure your blood pressure twice a day. Ideally, you take your first measurement at the same time every day, such as after going to the bathroom in the morning, but before eating, exercising, drinking any caffeinated food, or taking medication. Then take a second measurement before dinner or at least 30 minutes after consuming food, alcohol, caffeine, or tobacco. Also, you should go to the toilet before taking the measurement, as a full bladder may slightly increase your blood pressure. You should also sit in a chair with your back supported, your legs uncrossed, and your feet flat on the floor.
1. Position your arm correctly. Please always use the same arm to measure your blood pressure (if one arm tends to produce higher readings, use that arm). Put your hands on a flat surface, such as a table, and keep your upper arms at heart level (if it's too low, support it with a pillow). The cuff should be just above the bend of the elbow, wrapping snugly but not tightly over the exposed skin of the upper arm.
2. Sit quietly. Take five minutes to keep this pose calm and relaxed. Try not to think about anything stressful.
3. Record two or three blood pressure values. Keep your body in the same position and try not to speak while your device is reading data. If your wireless blood pressure monitor doesn't automatically record your results, write them down with the time. After deflating the cuff, you wait a minute or two before taking another reading. This process should be repeated a third time, preferably taking the average result. Otherwise, it is normal for your blood pressure to be about 5 percent lower at home than at your doctor's office.