Despite the fact that regularly measuring systolic and diastolic blood pressure is key in one’s overall health and wellbeing, many people have reservations about taking their own readings at home. Though it may appear that taking a medical reading must be high-complex, it is easier than you’d think to get accurate blood pressure readings without having to pay a visit to your GP – here’s how:
Ensuring that your arm band or cuff fits your arm properly is essential, as an ill-fitting cuff will fail to provide you with an accurate reading. Our blood pressure arm band has a universal cuff to accommodate everyone.
For an accurate reading, avoid eating, smoking, exercise, consuming tobacco or alcohol for at least 30 minutes before taking your blood pressure. A full bladder can also affect your blood pressure, so make sure you use the toilet too. If you’re taking your blood pressure in the morning, allow yourself at least an hour after you have woken up.
When you put on your blood pressure cuff, ensure it sits securely against your arm. While it’s important that no clothing comes in between your skin and the arm band, if your rolled-up sleeve sits too tightly around the top of your arm, it can cause inaccurate reading. Bear this in mind and, if necessary, change your clothes or simply slip your arm out of your sleeve.
During your home blood pressure measurement, you should sit comfortably and quietly, with your arm resting on a table or the arm of chair, using a pillow for extra support if you need to. Make sure your back is supported, your legs are uncrossed and your feet are flat on the ground.
For increased accuracy, wait for 3-5 minutes before taking an additional one or two readings. In order to monitor your blood pressure effectively, it’s important to keep a record of your readings. MySelfCare’s healthcare app makes it easy to track your blood pressure with graphs and reading history, so you don’t have to write anything down or misplace any notes of previous measurements. Your health data can be shared immediately with your doctor and loved ones.
For those who are living with high blood pressure or managing hypertension, it’s important to take your blood pressure twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. It is normal for blood pressure to vary throughout the day, but if you do have any significant, unusual or persistent increases in your blood pressure, contact your doctor.
Though a home blood pressure monitor will save you trips to the doctor and put your and your families minds at rest, home healthcare devices are not a substitute for regularly seeing your GP. However, home monitoring is a great an easy way to manage high blood pressure more effectively, lowering the risk of complications and making controlling long term health conditions far easier.