Home blood pressure monitor

How to Check Your Blood Pressure at Home

Having a home blood pressure monitor is important for people who are at risk of certain cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the risk of you suffering from health issues in the future. Elevated blood pressure puts strain on the heart and on your arteries, and over time that strain can cause the arteries to become thicker, reducing circulation, and increasing the risk of a stroke, a heart attack, and even other health conditions such as kidney disease and dementia. Your circulatory system is a vital part of your overall health.

Most people get their blood pressure checked during regular visits to the doctor, but there are other ways that you can do it – including having it checked at the pharmacist, or monitoring your blood pressure at home. IF your doctor has recommended that you monitor your blood pressure on an ongoing basis, then it’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking it using a home blood pressure monitor.

Things to Remember While Using Home Blood Pressure Monitor

Your blood pressure is not a static measure – there are a number of things that can affect it, and make it rise for a short period. For example, your blood pressure might rise because of:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Caffeine Consumption
  • Cold weather
  • Smoking
  • Medication

 

If you want an accurate measure of your blood pressure, take it when you are comfortable, and when you haven’t recently had a coffee or smoked a cigarette. In some circumstances, your doctor might ask you to take your blood pressure a few times a day to see if the reading is consistent.

Before checking blood pressure:

  • Go to the toilet and empty your bladder
  • Find a quiet room and sit down and take a moment to calm yourself
  • Make sure you are sitting down in a comfortable position
  • Remove any tight-sleeved clothing
  • Sit up straight with your legs un-crossed, and your arm resting comfortably, supported, at heart level. Rest your forearm on a table, with the palm facing up.

 

Hence these tips should give you the most accurate reading from an electronic blood pressure monitor.

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Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic

Dr. Aleksandar Grbovic

Hi! My name is Aleksandar Grbovic. I’m a radiology resident with five years of experience in General Medicine. As a medical writer, I have only one goal in my mind - to bridge the gap between doctors and patients point of view by breaking down complex medical topics and presenting them in lay people language. Knowing that my writing might help someone out there connect the dots is what keeps me motivated.

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