How to Take Blood Pressure : Tips for Taking Blood Pressure

How to Take Blood Pressure : Tips for Taking Blood Pressure


So important tips for taking blood pressure,
before you actually take the blood pressure. One, you should be seated and relaxed for
about fifteen minutes before you actually take it. You should not have consumed alcohol
or coffee for two hours before taking a blood pressure. You shouldn’t have smoked fifteen
minutes before taking a blood pressure. All those thing effect the arterial resistance,
and therefore will have an artificial elevation or for most part will be elevated beyond what
it should be. The other thing is cuff size, be sure the cuff before is fitted for a normal
person. If you have small arms or large arms you’ll have a falsely elevated or reduced
blood pressure. So if the cuff is too large for your arm, you’ll have a lower blood pressure
than you should. And if it’s too small, you’ll have a higher blood pressure than you should.
So the cuff should be about eighty percent of the circumference of your arm, around eighty
percent it doesn’t have to be exact. Other important tip is your posture, should be sited
up straight that’s not as important. The main this is your elbow should be relaxed, so when
you take your blood pressure you want to have it relaxed on like a table or something. And
you also want the elbow or the bracheal artery at around the same level as your heart. So
for me it would be about this high. So next we want to talk about the steps that are involved
in the blood pressure.