Measuring blood pressure correctly

To get reliable blood pressure values, it is important to know how to check your blood preasure correctly.

A single measure will never be more than a sample and is not able of telling you about if your blood pressure is fine or not. Therefore measure as often as possible at different times of the day. But don’t forget to wait atleast 5-10 minutes between measuring. You should measure in times when you are calm but you can also check in times of higher activity. The more checks you do the rather you know what your usual blood pressure is like and how to categorize your blood pressure.

What you should care about when you check your blood pressure:

Many things can have influence on your blood pressure. To get reliable results please do the following:

  • before the check take atleast a 5 minute break
  • check multiple times a day
  • keep the pressure sleeve on the height of your heart (lift arm a bit)
  • don’t drink anything before checking, fluids influent the blood pressure (especiall alcohol, coffee and tea)
  • don’t check your blood pressure immediately after smoking

Which arm is the right one to check your blood pressure?

Many times we get asked which arm is the right one for the blood pressure check? On the side of the heart or on the opposite site? The answer is: You will have to find out yourself. Many people do have different blood pressures on each side. The reason is not only the heart but the tissue und the structure of the vessels in your arms. There can be a difference on up to 20 mmHg on left and right.

So find out which arm shows you the higher values. This arm should be used for further blood pressure checks.

Finding the right blood pressure meter (sphygmomanometer)

A correctly functioning blood pressure meter is important to give you reliable values of your blood pressure. Many people still rely on the classic measuring methodig with stethoscope and upper arm pressure sleeve. But it requires skill to measure this way.

Therefore it is much easier to use an easy to handle electronic blood pressure meter. Over time they got more and more precise and they are very reliable by now to classify your blood pressure.

If you suffer from heart rhythm disorders it is very much recommended to use a device that can detect those.

5 thoughts on “Measuring blood pressure correctly

  1. always having isolated diastolic hypertension ( 120\100 and sometime 130\100) i’ve tried many drugs but they don’t go less than 110|95 which is the best result << i suffer from mild dyslipidemia , what can i do

  2. I am a 57 year old male. I work out 6 times a week, run half-marathons and eat right. I take BP medication. My blood pressure is 135/76 with a heart rate of 57. Is this a concern?

  3. even if the BP is low say <130 < 60, and there are no symptoms of low BP, what shall be done to increase the levels.
    Patient is Sr. citizen woman ageing 76.
    what is the reason and solution?

    • BP of 130/60 is not considered low, a normal BP is consider <120/<80
      So your question should not be what can be done to increase these levels, it should be trying to preserve these levels for a Sr citizen. BP levels also have different ranges depending on various factors such as age, race, and general health.
      Please take note that I am not a medical professional, it is that I have just lately had to educate myself on BP due to having a high reading at my last doctors visit, so I have read a fare amount on the subject over the past two months.
      one last note: Talk to your doctor to just verify that your BP is probably just fine for someone at your stage of life.
      Hope this answers your question 🙂

  4. I’m 67, 190 lbs. lightheaded, feel faint, feel nauseous, either sitting or standing. Gets worse while standing. Blood pressure is 93/58. I’m female. Is this something to bring to my doctors attention.

  5. My reading is 127/55. Good or bad? This morning the top reading was 174 and can’t remember bottom reading.

  6. The Blood Pressure Machine I’m using not only gives the B/P readings, ie 125/77 but also color codes each reading with Green for a good reading, yellow for a caution and red for the CALL FOR THE AMBULANCE! I check mine twice daily, in the morning and the evening. I only check after I’ve allowed myself to be relaxed. I’m always in the 120’s/70’s range. Thank the Lord

    • YES it appears to be high, but to determine more accurately on your reading, you need to take more samplings of your BP to see if it may of been a bad reading when you had it taken.

      Note: normal BP is considered <120/<80

      The reason I had mentioned that was due to having my last doctors office BP reading of 150/76, so I went out and purchased a electronic BP monitor and have taken over 75 reading since that point in time, and I have not had a single reading over 123/77
      so it appears that I must of not had a very good reading at my doctors office last visit.

      You may wish to speak with your doctor, sooner rather than later,if after taking additional reading you still get reading over 120/80 I.M.H.O

  7. I take meds. for high blood pressure, also have cond., called, ( T-Wave Inversion). hav.2 – min. clog., art’s. I’m 56 yrs old, female. Have many health issues, recent-rare disease diag.,back Surg.more to come. Neck surgery., Poss. Knee surgery. Also hav Barrett’s esophagus disease, IBS w constipation, hern., Ulcers, 2. *** Just started journey, to find out what rare dis., I have, few poss., The name of disease. 2001, hysterectomy, still menopausal. I believe stress of worrying & wondering – rare dis. & All MEDICAL ISSUES, add 2 blood pres. Problems?????

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