It is common for people to monitor their blood pressure at home. They may need to do this to manage or treat a certain condition. If you do this, you should keep a record, or log, of the measurements. The record shows your doctor how your blood pressure changes throughout the day. If you take medicines to control your blood pressure, it will help document if they are working. Measuring your blood pressure at home is a good way to take part in managing your health.
Below are the steps to take to use a digital monitor.
Turn the power on to start the unit.
On the automatic models, the cuff will inflate by itself with a push of a button. On the manual models, you have to inflate the cuff. You do this by squeezing the rubber bulb at a rapid rate.
After the cuff inflates, the automatic device will slowly let air out.
Look at the display screen to get your blood pressure reading. It will show your systolic and diastolic pressures. Write down the measurement in your record. The systolic pressure goes in front of the diastolic pressure. For example, 120/80.
Press the exhaust button to release all of the air from the cuff.
If you need to repeat the measurement, wait 2 to 3 minutes before starting.
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