Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to take a BP

Take your blood pressure regularly. And you should take it at times when you’re not nervous.
Follow these steps:
(1) Before taking your measurement, be sure that you are seated quietly for at least five minutes with your feet on the floor and your arm supported at the level of your heart.
(2) Avoid caffeine, exercise, and smoking for at least 30 minutes before you
(3) Take the first measurement. Then wait 15 seconds and take a second measurement. If they are essentially the same, record that reading. If they are different, measure your pressure a third time. Record the lowest of the three readings as your blood pressure. Do this in the morning before breakfast, and again in the evening before supper.
(4) Repeat these steps for about two weeks and then average them up to determine your average blood pressure. Don’t include any occasional spikes in the readings, as these will throw off the average unnecessarily.

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