HomeHealthcareDo inaccurate BP readings leave you confused? Here’s what you can do
Do inaccurate BP readings leave you confused? Here’s what you can do
September 2, 2019
Blood pressure monitoring is the most important vitals to be checked by the doctors as soon as a patient comes for a check-up. Some of us who have become more conscious and responsible towards our health monitor the BP ourselves, to keep a track as well as to keep our physician informed, by using a digital BP monitor. Many times, we do come across people who still are not sure about the accuracy of digital BP monitors. The following tips will surely help to demystify those myths and misconceptions:
Sit up straight
Ensure that the center of the arm cuff is at the same height as heart
Ideally, there should be a 25-30 cm distance between seat of the chair and table top
Never sit cross-legged or leaning forward
If the arm cuff is lower than the heart, you may need to support your arm with a cushion
Wrapping the arm cuff:
Ideally, wear short sleeves (a thin shirt is also OK)
Make sure the cuff is snug
Match the mark on the artery
Rest the elbow on the table
Never wrap cuff on the elbow
If you are using a wrist type BP monitor, please make sure the wrist is at the same level as heart
Do not support the wrist cuff with your other hand
Some more useful
Measure at the same time of day everyday
No bathing, drinking alcohol or caffeine, smoking, exercising or eating 30 minutes before measurement.
Use appropriate arm cuff of small, medium, large or wide size
Blood Pressure guidelines approved by ACC/AHA:
Now that you have a better understanding of measuring BP at home correctly, go ahead and try it now.
Rohit is a graduate in business management from IIMM business school, Pune and holds a degree in Hotel Management as well. His professional oeuvre, spanning across 16 years, comprises of multifarious roles in sales and marketing domain. Outside work, Rohit has keen interest in exploring about aviation science and loves adventure sports. He also enjoys cooking Italian cuisine and is a food lover.