High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular diseases and regular blood pressure checkups are important. However, you don't always have to visit your doctor to get your blood pressure checked. You can monitor your blood pressure at home at intervals especially if your doctor recommends it. Even though you can check your blood pressure at home, most people make mistakes and sometimes record a false reading.
In this blog post, we list some tips for getting an accurate blood pressure reading from the comfort of your home.
Several factors may cause your blood pressure to rise above or fall below normal. This may cause you to take treatment that is unnecessary or have a false sense of security about your health.
Blood pressure monitors come in two types: the manual blood pressure machine and the digital/automated blood pressure monitor.
The best time to buy for use at home is the digital blood pressure monitor. They are easy to use and also helpful if you have any hearing impairments. These blood pressure cuffs have a digital display monitor that showcases your blood pressure readings.
You can get them online or at pharmacy stores. They often come with manuals so you can update yourself with that or ask your healthcare professional to show you how it’s done.
Other tips if you’re measuring your blood pressure at home are:
As mentioned earlier on, many factors influence an accurate reading. Ensure you don’t have a full bladder as this can give falsely high readings.
Also, if you’re using a manual blood pressure monitor, ensure you’re in a quiet place so you can hear the pulsations. Talking while reading is also not advisable. Other tips are:
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