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How to get the best reading of your blood pressure

20 Sep


A number of factors can boost your reading even when you don’t have hypertension.


Several factors can lead to an artificially high blood pressure reading — elevated numbers even though you don’t have hypertension. One common cause: nervousness about being at the doctor’s office. Try the following suggestions to get the most accurate results.

*       Don’t drink coffee or smoke cigarettes for at least 30 minutes before having your blood pressure measured.

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

*       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.

*       Ask the doctor or nurse to take two readings, at least two minutes apart, and average the results.


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