Take At Least Two Readings
Wait a moment before pressing the start button. Once you press it, the cuff will inflate and then deflate to get your reading. Your blood pressure result (along with your pulse rate) will be displayed on the panel.
Take 2 or 3 readings one to two minutes apart. This is to check if the reading is accurate. Please note that the results need not be the same, but they should be close to one another (i.e., 112/68 mmHg, 110/66 mmHg).
Record Your Results
Finally, don’t forget to record your results in a tracker. With the tracker, you can easily see if your BP is rising, falling, or staying within the target range. The doctor will also use this tracker to see if they need to change your medicine or diet.
What If The Results Are Too High?
According to experts, a single reading that’s slightly or moderately higher than normal is usually not a cause of concern. The best thing to do is check your BP a couple of times more and ask the doctor if it’s a concern or an issue with the device.
If your systolic blood pressure (number on top) is higher than 180 mmHg or if you have higher than normal BP plus symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, vomiting, nausea, or loss of consciousness, go to the hospital right away as this might be a hypertensive crisis.
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