Tips for Having Your Blood Pressure Taken

     
  • Don’t drink coffee or smoke cigarettes 30 minutes before having your blood pressure measured.
  • 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.
  • Wear short sleeves so your arm is exposed.
  • Go to the bathroom prior to the reading. A full bladder can change your blood pressure reading.
  • Get two readings, taken at least two minutes apart, and average the results.
  • Ask the doctor or nurse to tell you the blood pressure reading in numbers.

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Revision date: July 3, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.