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What do you need to do before taking your blood pressure?

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  • Before taking your blood pressure: Find a quiet place. (You will need to listen for your heartbeat.)
  • Roll up the sleeve on your left arm or remove any tight-sleeved clothing, if needed. (It's best to take blood pressure from the left arm, if possible.)
  • Rest in a chair next to a table for five to 10 minutes. (Your left arm should rest comfortably at heart level.)
  • Sit up straight with your back against the chair, legs uncrossed.
  • Rest your forearm on the table with the palm of your hand facing up.

From: Checking Your Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:

American Heart Association. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2016

SOURCE:

American Heart Association. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2016

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