Measuring Blood PressureWhen should you take your blood pressure?
- Check your blood pressure regularly, as directed by your doctor.
- In the week leading up to your appointment with your doctor, and whenever changes are made to your medication, take 2 readings, twice a day.
- In the morning, take your blood pressure before breakfast and before taking your medication.
- At night, take your pressure before taking your medication and before bathing.
- Wait 2 hours after a big meal.
- Do not smoke or drink caffeine for 60 minutes before taking your blood pressure.
- Do not exercice for 30 minutes before taking your blood pressure.
- Rest and relax for at least 5 minutes.
- Empty your bladder.
- Make sure that you have the right size cuff. There are different types of cuffs for children and overweight individuals.
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Don't forget to have your monitor calibrated by your pharmacist once a year to make sure that it is in proper working order.
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