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How to measure your blood pressure

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November 1, 2023

When you check your blood pressure regularly, you’re taking an important step! There are so many benefits. By checking your blood pressure regularly, you can:

  1. See early warning signs: You may feel great even if your blood pressure is higher than it should be. By checking your blood pressure regularly you can make sure your blood pressure is staying in a good range.
  1. Find out if your meds and healthy habits are working: Your blood pressure readings can show you if your medications and lifestyle changes are helping.
  1.  Prevent bigger problems: High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Keeping your numbers in check reduces the risk of these health issues.

Measuring your blood pressure

It’s easy and can be done at home by following these steps:

  1. Get a good blood pressure cuff: Talk to your provider about getting a good-quality, automatic blood pressure monitor for home use.
  1. Choose the right time: Try to measure your blood pressure at the same time each day. Mornings before eating or taking medications is best.
  1. Find a comfortable seat: Sit in a relaxed position with your feet flat on the floor and your back supported.
  1. Wrap the cuff correctly: Place the cuff on your upper arm, following the instructions. Make sure it's snug but not too tight.
  1. Stay calm: Sit quietly for a few minutes before taking your reading. Avoid talking or moving during the reading.
  2.  Record your numbers: Write down the numbers along with the date and time. Use the chart below to understand your results.

Making sense of your blood pressure readings

The goal of taking medication if you have hypertension is to help your body keep your blood pressure close to 120/80 mmHg. If you are taking your blood pressure at home and regularly getting readings greater than 140mmHg for the top number and/or greater than 90mmHg for the bottom number, talk to your doctor. Learn how Michael got his blood pressure to 120/81 with the support of his health coaches.

Do you need more help?

Connect with us! Our care team is here to support you in managing your blood pressure. If you need help with getting a blood pressure cuff or have concerns about your blood pressure, reach out. We are here to help you on your journey to better health. Have you downloaded the app? Send us a message through the Spotlight app for iOS or Spotlight app for Android. If not, call us at (410) 348-1905 or send us an email.

The content on this site is not and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider(s) for diagnosis and treatment, including information regarding which drugs, therapy, or other treatment may be appropriate for you. Learn more here.

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