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Blood Pressure Monitoring Program

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

We offer a free blood pressure cuff for patients to use for home blood pressure monitoring. Talking with your nurse or provider is the first step to improving your blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions

Get at least 5 minutes of rest beforehand.

Sit with your back straight and supported.

Take measurements at the same time every day.

Take multiple readings and record the results.

Don't take the measurement over clothes.

Be still.
Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Empty your bladder and ensure at least 5 minutes of quiet rest before measurements.

Sit correctly.
Sit with your back straight and supported (on a dining chair, rather than a sofa). Your feet should be flat on the floor and your legs should not be crossed. Your arm should be supported on a flat surface (such as a table) with the upper arm at heart level. Make sure the bottom of the cuff is placed directly above the bend of the elbow. Check your monitor’s instructions for an illustration or have your health care professional show you how.

Measure at the same time every day. 
It’s important to take the readings at the same time each day, such as morning and evening. It is best to take the readings daily however ideally beginning 2 weeks after a change in treatment and during the week before your next appointment.

Take multiple readings and record the results.
Each time you measure, take two or three readings one minute apart and record the results using a printable (PDF) tracker. If your monitor has built-in memory to store your readings, take it with you to your appointments. Some monitors may also allow you to upload your readings to a secure website after you register your profile.

Don’t take the measurements over clothes.

Information, graphic and PDF retrieved from the American Heart Association