Have Blood Pressure Measurement at Home

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The home is the best place for blood pressure tracking and monitoring.

Recently, the ratio of hypertension increased. Hypertension has been a common disease, especially for some middle-aged and elderly. It will be more bothersome to go to the clinic for them. Traditionally, they will buy a sphygmometer at home. Will it be right to have BP measurements with blood pressure cuffs at home?

We must emphasize these points when measuring blood pressure at home. Otherwise, there will be misreading. The following points need to be paid attention to to get an accurate result.

1. Choose the right arm for BP monitoring
Many of us never pay attention to which arm for measurement, the left upper arm or the right upper arm. Both two arms measurements are the best selection for the first-time BP monitoring. And the following up monitoring is on the right arm because the blood pressure of the right upper arm will be higher than the left upper arm. If we use the left arm for bp reading, it can cause a lower blood pressure reading. Accuracy affects our judgments about health.

2. We have to record it as how much as it is instead of a rounded-up value
Many people sometimes do not remember the specific value when measuring blood pressure. They habitually round up or down to whole numbers, which leads to inaccurate measurement results. Some people have high blood pressure. If we rounded down the recording, it perhaps becomes normal blood pressure. Therefore, the reading of blood pressure measurement must be an accurate value. And we cannot be rounded to the nearest integer.

3. Do not just roll up your sleeves and measure blood pressure
Usually, In Spring and summer, we wear a T-shirt or other thin clothes. Rolling up sleeves do not influence pressure reading. However, people wear thicker clothes in autumn and winter. If we roll up your sleeves for BP measurement, the sleeves will bring blood vessels to a certain extent. Compression influence the rightness of the measurement results. Thus, people can take off their coats for BP monitoring in winter.

4. The measurement time is best to choose the fasting state in the morning or between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
We don't notice the time influence on blood pressure monitoring. It can easily cause a different value in the blood pressure measurement results. We have relatively high blood pressure from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 4 P.M to 6 P.M. Thus, the blood pressure measured at these two-time points will be more accurate. If we want more accurate results, you can take the average of the two measurements.

When measuring blood pressure at home, we must pay attention to the above points. The measurement results will be more accurate. Hypertension is a chronic disease and generally cannot be cured. The key lies in the usual blood pressure control. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor our blood pressure. Only we have a correct understanding of our physical condition. Then we can take good care of our bodies.