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Measuring Your Blood Pressure

- May 16, 2018 -

Inflate the cuff. Rapidly squeeze the pump bulb until you no longer hear the sound of your pulse through the stethoscope. Stop once the gauge reads 30 to 40 mmHg above your normal blood pressure.

  • If you do not know your normal blood pressure, inflate the cuff until the gauge reads between 160 to 180 mmHg.

    Deflate the cuff. Open the airflow valve by twisting the screw counterclockwise. Let the cuff deflate gradually.

  • The gauge should fall 2 mm, or two lines on the gauge, per second.

  • Listen for the systolic reading. Note the measurement on your gauge at the precise moment you hear your heartbeat again. This measurement is your systolic reading.
    • Systolic blood pressure refers to the force your blood exerts against the artery walls as your heart pumps.This is the blood pressure created when your heart contracts.

    Listen for the diastolic reading. Note the measurement on your gauge at the precise moment the sound of your heartbeat disappears. This measurement is your diastolic reading.
    • Diastolic blood pressure refers to your blood pressure in between heartbeats.

    Rest and repeat the test. Let the cuff completely deflate. After several minutes, follow the same steps to take another measurement. If your blood pressure is still high, consider comparing readings with the other arm.
    • Mistakes can happen while taking your blood pressure, especially if you are not used to doing it. As such, it is important to double-check your findings by taking a second measurement.

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