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To Err with BP

Monitoring your blood pressure at home can sometimes be misleading. Checking the same arm several times in succession can give inflated results. For more accurate readings, first empty your bladder. Sit for five minutes with your back supported and your feet flat on the floor. Ensure your arm is resting level with your heart. Put the BP cuff snuggly on your bare arm. Don’t talk while taking a reading. Refrain from smoking or ingesting caffeine prior to checking. Consistent readings over 150/90 should be recorded with your pulse and reported to your doctor.

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