Here are some important reminders:
Before Taking a Measurement
Sit quietly for about 10 minutes. This will allow your body
to return to its normal, resting state.
Take your blood pressure in a comfortable environment -
not too cold, not too hot - as temperature may affect your
If you've just consumed beverages
containing caffeine such as
coffee, non-herbal tea,
or cola wait about 30-45
minutes. Also, don't
smoke just before
taking a measurement.
Insert the cuff plug into the monitor before taking a
While Taking a Measurement
Sit with your legs uncrossed and your feet flat on the floor.
For consistency, it's a good idea to measure your blood
pressure using the same arm and at about the same time
each day. If possible, we suggest using the left arm.
Relax. Sit still and quietly while measuring. Talking or
moving may elevate measurements. Do not touch the cuff
or monitor during the measurement.
When taking multiple measurement right after each other,
make to wait at least 8-10 minutes in between. Waiting
allows your blood vessels to return to their normal state.