Having your blood pressure taken

Blood PressureBe prepared before you go in for your regular blood pressure test. Here are some tips for having your blood pressure taken.

Don't drink coffee or smoke cigarettes 30 minutes before having your blood pressure measured.

Before the test, sit for five minutes with your back supported and your feet flat on the ground. Rest your arm on a table at the level of your heart.

Remove your coat and wear short sleeves so your arm is exposed.

Go to the bathroom prior to the reading. A full bladder can change your blood pressure reading.

Get two readings, taken at least two minutes apart, and average the results.

Ask the doctor or nurse to tell you the blood pressure reading in numbers.

Adapted from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

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