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11 things to remember while measuring your BP

Do you often measure your blood pressure? But did you know that there certain things that should be kept in mind for an accurate measurement. Well, at least the CDC, USA says that. So, loosen your seat belt and read the following guidelines:



  • Don’t eat or drink anything 30 minutes before you take you

  • Make sure to empty your bladder before you take your blood pressure.

  • Relax in your chair with your back supported for at least 5 minutes before you start measuring.

  • While you are sitting in your chair: make sure your legs are not crossed and your feet is lying flat on ground.

  • Rest your arm with the cuff on a table at chest height.

  • Make sure the blood pressure cuff is snug but not too tight.

  • Make sure that the cuff should be in direct contact with your bare skin, no layer of clothing should be in-between.

  • Do not speak while your blood pressure is being measured.

  • Use a blood pressure log to record your blood pressure measurements.

  • Take your blood pressure at the same time every day.

  • Take at least two readings, 1 or 2 minutes apart.


(Courtsey : CDC, USA)

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