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What Do Lower Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean for You? - Page 4

By Temma Ehrenfeld @temmaehrenfeld
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November 20, 2017

How to measure blood pressure

Checking your blood pressure at home, using an automated cuff from a drug store, is a good idea.

Philippides offers these tips:

  • Measure “first thing in the morning, before your medications, or later in the afternoon before dinner, when you're at your most calm.”
  • “Sit down at least for five minutes and chill out. Don't be fighting with your kids. Don't be on the cellphone. Don't be smoking, or watching something upsetting on Fox News. Just sit down for five minutes and relax and take it that way.”
  • “Bring your blood pressure cuff in with you to your physician's office, so they can see how you're taking your blood pressure, and correlate it with their blood pressure cuff to make sure that it's accurate.”

 

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Updated:  

March 03, 2020

Reviewed By:  

Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA