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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blood Pressure

I would like to share this important information - How to read your blood pressure.

It is common for blood pressure readings to differ by as much as 10 points. Try to take at the same time and under the same circumstances (eg: same room temperature, etc)

Don't drink coffee or beer or smoke because caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco will affect your reading. Similary, do not drink plenty of water for at least 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.

Do empty your bladder before you take your readings because, this affects too!

Step 1: First, get your blood pressure measured. It is easy to get those Blood Pressure Monitor  for Home Kits now.

Step 2: Know how to use the Blood Pressure Monitor. Usually there are instructions. But if you are new, it is easy too. Just wrap the

Step 3: Take the reading.

Rest for 3 to 5 minutes before you take your reading. Relax and sit in a comfortable position, with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back supported. It is best if you do not talk. This is why when you go to the clinics to take your blood pressure readings, the nurses always leave you alone for some time.

What to do:
Place your arm on a table in a comfortable position. Your arm should be raised to the level of your heart.
Wrap the correctly sized cuff smoothly and snugly around the upper part of your bare arm. There should be full contact of the cuff and your skin.
The cuff should fit snugly around your arm with enough space for a finger to slip in.
And most important of all, the cuff should be an inch or 2cm above the crease of your elbow.

The cord should not be tangled up and should run straight to the machine.

Step 4: Understand your readings.

This is a chart I got from Vaughns.

Hope this will encourage you to go and understand your health more. Take your own readings so that you can understand your health. Get a Blood Pressure Monitor now!

Nothing is more important than health.

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