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How to Check Blood Pressure Manually

By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 12:15 PM

Monitoring blood pressure is an important part of maintaining your health. It’s not always necessary to visit your doctor to get a blood pressure reading when you how to check it yourself.

According to Livestrong, you need a few special tools to check your blood pressure at home.

You will need a blood pressure cuff, a blood pressure gauge with a hand-held inflation bulb, and a stethoscope. Ask your doctor about the proper size cuff. If your cuff doesn’t fit properly, your readings could be inaccurate.

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There are some lifestyle factors that can raise your blood pressure at least temporarily, explains WebMD. These factors include stress, cold temperatures, smoking, exercise, caffeine, and some medications, so be sure to avoid as many of these as possible for a while before taking your reading.

Take your measurements around the same time each day that you check it.

Before you begin, find your pulse by pressing with two fingers on the inside bend of your elbow. Place the stethoscope buds in your ears and place the cuff around your arm with the lower edge about an inch away from the artery where you found your pulse. Make the cuff snug but not too tight. Place the head of the stethoscope on the artery and listen for the pulse.

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With the pressure gauge in your left hand and the bulb in your right, watch the gauge, and inflate the cuff until it reads about 30 mm Hg higher than your expected systolic pressure. You should not hear your pulse at this point.

While keeping your eyes on the gauge, slowly deflate the cuff by loosening the airflow valve and listen carefully for your pulse. Just as soon as you hear a heartbeat in your stethoscope, take note of the reading on the gauge. This is your systolic blood pressure.

Then, continue to slowly deflate until you no longer hear your pulse. As soon as you can’t hear it, note the gauge reading for your diastolic blood pressure, says WebMD.

Heart Failure Matters recommends keeping a detailed and organized log of your at-home blood pressure readings. Your healthcare team will appreciate the readings since the regular intervals will help them fine tune your treatment plan.

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