How to Take Reliable Blood Pressure Measurements
Your blood pressure can vary based on numerous factors, physiological conditions, and your surroundings. Follow these guidelines to obtain accurate/reliable and error-free measurements of your blood pressure and pulse rate.
Measure at the same time each day to ensure comparable data.
Empty your bladder (if necessary).
Avoid eating and smoking 30 minutes before measuring.
Rest quietly for 5 minutes. Remain calm and quiet while the measurement is in process.
Do not speak while taking the measurement.
Take measurements on the same arm (normally left).
Sit with legs uncrossed so as not to restrict blood flow.
Sit with back supported and measurement arm resting on a table. Sit with feet flat on the floor.
Place the cuff at the midpoint on the upper arm above the bicep, approximately 2 – 3 cm above the elbow. The hose should be in line with your brachial artery.
Ensure that the cuff is level with the heart while the arm is resting on the table.