There are many reasons you might need to regularly monitor your blood pressure. Don't worry, there's a simple way to do it! A wrist blood pressure monitor is a good option if you can't use a regular cuff or if you want a monitor that's portable and convenient. However, these monitors take your blood pressure in a different place, meaning you must be particular about how you take your reading for accuracy. Place the cuff correctly on your wrist for the most accurate reading, arrange your arm so it's even with your heart, then turn the monitor on to take a reading.
1- Before starting the reading, take a short resting period. Sit in a comfortable chair that supports your back. Place your feet flat on the floor.
2- It's best to take a reading on bare skin. Pull up long sleeves. Take off jackets or sweaters if you can't move the sleeve up enough to take a reading
3- Wrap the cuff around your wrist, attaching it to itself with the velcro. You should only be able to get a single finger underneath the cuff.
- The display needs to be on your inner arm, as your pulse is strongest there. The monitor has a sensor behind the display that takes the reading by recording your pulse.
4- For an accurate reading, place your arm on a pillow or arm rest that elevates your arm. It should be even with your heart for the best reading.
- Your palm should be facing up.
Taking a Reading
- Press the "Power" button
- Hit the "Start" button
- Use an average of 2 readings
- Wait a couple of minutes between readings.
- Wait 5 minutes for more readings if your blood pressure seems high
- Record your reading in a notebook or app
Working on Accuracy
- Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol 30 minutes before taking a reading
- Take your reading before you start smoking for the day.
- Get your reading before any major physical activity