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Blood Pressure Measurement

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Last Updated: 13 May 2022

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force on the wall surfaces of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. You can measure your blood pressure in the house. You can have it checked at your healthcare providers workplace and even a station house. Your arm should be supported to ensure that your arm goes to heart level. If it is, take your arm out of the sleeve, or eliminate the shirt totally. You or your provider will wrap the blood pressure cuff well around your arm. The lower side of the cuff must be 1 inch above the bend of your elbow joint. You will feel rigidity around your arm. Next off, the shutoff of the cuff is opened up slightly, allowing the pressure to slowly drop; As the pressure falls, the reading when the noise of blood pulsing is first heard is videotaped. You will not be able to measure your blood pressure if you loosen up the shutoff too much. Relax for a minimum of 5 mins, 10 mins is better, prior to high blood pressure is taken; DO NOT take your high blood pressure when you are under stress, have had caffeine or used tobacco in the previous 30 minutes, or have exercised lately. When checking your blood pressure on your own, note the moment of the analyses. Your provider might suggest that you do your analyses at certain times of the day. You may wish to take your blood pressure in the morning and in the evening for a week; This will provide you at least 14 readings and will assist your provider make decisions about your blood pressure therapy.

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