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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, drink caffeine, or smoke. Empty your bladder before the test. Sit quietly with your back straight and both feet on the floor for at least 5 minutes. This helps you take your blood pressure while you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Follow the instructions that came with your blood pressure monitor. They might be different from the following.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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