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.