- Rest quietly for 5 minutes beforehand
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor, back and arm supported, and arm at heart level
- Apply cuff on a bare arm
- Measure BP twice in the morning and twice in the evening for 7 days before Dr. appointment (or after a change in medication)
- Keep BP readings in a log
- Do Not smoke or drink caffeine 30 minutes beforehand
- Do not speak during monitoring
Checking your blood pressure regularly at home, and keeping a record, can be very useful. The record helps your health care provider know whether you are at risk of developing high blood pressure, and how well your blood pressure is controlled. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, keeping track helps you see the benefits of treatments and lifestyle changes. It also reminds you to stick to your treatment plan.