How to Take a Blood Pressure Reading

Sit comfortably with legs uncrossed and feet on the floor.

Relax for five minutes and don't eat or drink anything in this time.

Roll your sleeve up and fit the cuff around your upper left arm so that the fit is snug - not too tight nor too loose.

The tube should be positioned on the soft part of your inner arm just above your bent elbow so that it's in line with your heart with the tube hanging downwards.

When you're ready, push the Start button.

Breathe normally and relax.

Do not talk or move whilst the reading is being taken.

Tip: If you take your blood pressure reading first thing every morning before you get out of bed when you are at your most relaxed, you'll have a pattern of results that are more accurately comparable since the factors that can have an effect on your blood pressure, will be greatly reduced.

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