How to use a home digital blood pressure monitor
Its quite easy to use a Digital Blood Pressure Monitor at home. Anybody can measure oneself by his own just with a press of a button. Follow the basic procedure to measure blood pressure correctly.
Be still. Don’t smoke, drink caffeine beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Empty your bladder and ensure at least 5 minutes of quiet rest before measurements.
Sit correctly. Sit with your back straight with support (on a dining chair, rather than a sofa). Your feet should be flat on the floor and your legs should not be cross each other. Keep your arm 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. Check your monitor’s instructions for an illustration or have your healthcare provider show you how.
Measure at the same time every day. It’s important to take the readings at the same time each day, such as morning and evening. It is best to take the readings daily however ideally beginning 2 weeks after a change in treatment and during the week before your next appointment.
Take multiple readings and record the results. Each time you measure, take two or three readings one minute apart and record the results using a printable tracker. If your monitor has built-in memory to store your readings, take it with you to your appointments. Some monitors may also allow you to upload your readings to a secure website after you register your profile.
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