- Empty your bladder before measuring your blood pressure (BP).
- Sit still for five minutes before measuring your BP.
- When taking your BP, make sure you:
- Choose the correct cuff size
- Place the cuff on the non-dominant arm (e.g. measure on the left arm if you are right-handed)
- Check that the tube of the cuff runs down the centre of your arm, in line with the middle finger
- Keep your cuffed arm on a flat surface and place it at heart level
- Sit upright, with you back straight and feet flat on the floor
- Take two or three readings each time
- Space the readings one minute apart and get the average of the readings
- If your readings remain unusually high, see the doctor
- It is recommended to take your BP at the same time each day as your BP changes throughout the day. Ideally, you should take the readings two times a day - once in the morning before any medicine or food, and another in the evening.
- 30 minutes before tking your BP, do not smoke, drink caffeinated drinksor exercise.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes.
- While taking BP, do not talk or cross your legs.
Updated Aug 2023