How do I make sure I am taking a good reading?
Now that we’ve gotten the background information out of the way, it’s time to get started!
- Sit with your back straight, your legs uncrossed, and your feet flat on the floor.
- Place the cuff on your left arm or wrist (unless your doctor has advised you to use your right side).
- For upper arm monitors, wrap the cuff around the middle of your bare upper arm, about ½” above the elbow. It should be fastened snugly, but you should be able to slide two fingers underneath the cuff. Place the air hose on the inside of the arm near the crook of your elbow so that the artery position mark (if your model has one) is aligned with your brachial artery.
- For wrist monitors, with the palm facing upwards, attach the monitor to the inside of your wrist. Fasten securely with the top edge of the cuff aligned with the crease of your wrist.
- Rest your arm on a table so cuff is at heart level.
- For upper arm monitors, the cuff around your upper arm should be even with your heart. Your hand should rest on the table, palm up.
- For wrist monitors, you’ll need to bend your elbow to bring your wrist to heart level. Positioning your wrist at heart level is critical for an accurate measurement.
- Press start. During your measurement, do not talk, move, or eat. Any one of these things can impact your measurement.
That’s all there is to it!
If you want to go the extra mile, there are a few more best practices:
- Measure two times a day: once in the morning and once in the evening, preferably at the same time each day.
- Log your blood pressure in a logbook or app, like A&D Connect.
- Take multiple readings and average the results. Some monitors have this feature built in.
If you’re taking your blood pressure at home, you’re ahead of the curve. According to the American Heart Association, 46% of adults have hypertension, and monitoring at home has many benefits, like tracking your treatment, cutting your healthcare costs, and more.
To learn more about Hypertension or why A&D believes you’re More Than a Measurement, click here.