10 tips for self-accurate blood pressure measurement at home
Measuring arterial (blood) pressure is not always a routine and simple procedure. Measurement accuracy can be impaired by some situations such as improper sitting (without backrest), improper position in a chair, or talking to other people while measuring pressure. When blood pressure is measured without preparation the values are usually lower by 10 mmHg to 15 mmHg. Getting accurate results will improve the adoption of a few simple rules.
- Go to the toilet first before each pressure measurement.
- Be at rest for at least 5 minutes before measuring.
- Do not talk during the measurement.
- Sit with your back against the back of a chair.
- Place the gauge cuff directly on the skin of the hand and never over clothing.
- Rest your upper arm on a table or chair back so that your cuff is flush with your heart.
- Do not keep your legs crossed.
- Rest your whole feet on the floor.
- Talk to your doctor if you have any doubts about the technical parameters.
- If during the day and in home measurements you register deviations in values that are not technical irregularities, consult a cardiologist. The cardiologist will suggest further diagnostic methods, such as a “holter device” – in order to determine the true cause and possibly determine the therapy.