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A home blood pressure test allows you to keep track of your blood pressure at home. Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. Blood pressure readings include two numbers, such as 130/80 (say "130 over 80"). The first number is the systolic pressure. The second number is the diastolic pressure.
You may do this test at home to:
For at least 30 minutes before you take your blood pressure, don't exercise or use caffeine, tobacco, or medicines that raise blood pressure. Take your blood pressure while you feel comfortable and relaxed. Sit quietly with both feet on the floor for at least 5 minutes before the test.
Proceed with the following steps:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 10/29/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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