Today is Medical Monday at Aortic Hope.
👉Many in the community have difficulties remembering things however, taking medications and blood pressure are too important to be forgotten.
👉If your physician recommends that you take your blood pressure, are you sure you are doing it correctly? Are you using a validated blood pressure cuff?
❤️The CDC shares "Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to know whether you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it."
👉Use this checklist while taking your blood pressure:
-Don't eat or drink anything 30 minutes before you take your blood pressure.
-Empty your bladder before your reading.
-Sit in a comfortable chair with your back supported for at least 5 minutes before your reading.
-Put both feet on the ground and keep your legs uncrossed.
-Rest your arm with the cuff on a table at chest height.
-Make sure the blood pressure cuff is snug but not too tight. The cuff should be against your bare skin not over clothing.
-Do not talk while your blood pressure is being measured.
Check to see if the cuff you are using has been validated.
Below are some forms you can use to log and track your blood pressure readings as well as a form that will offer some questions you may want to ask your physician regarding blood pressure.
To read the information provided by the CDC, click here.