The 10 Golden Rules of blood pressure measurement

Many factors play a role in blood pressure measurement. These ten general rules help you to carry out the measurement correctly.

1. Rest for about 5 minutes before measuring blood pressure. Even working at your desk increases blood pressure by an average of about 6 mmHg systolic and 5 mmHg diastolic.

2. Do not consume any nicotine or coffee for up to one hour before taking the measurement.

3. Do not take a measurement while you have a strong urge to urinate. A full bladder can increase blood pressure by about 10 mmHg.

4. Take measurements on a bare upper arm and while sitting upright.

5. If you are using a wrist monitor, hold the cuff at heart level during the measuring procedure. The cuff of an upper arm monitor is naturally positioned at the correct height.

6. Please do not talk or move during the measuring procedure. Talking increases values by about 6 - 7 mmHg.

7. Wait at least one minute between two measurements, so that the blood vessels are not compressed, to prepare for a new measurement.

8. Keep track of morning and evening values and all the recent measurements taken. Veroval® blood pressure monitor provide an overview of average measurements and can save 100 readings for 2 users each.

9. Take measurements regularly. Even if your values have improved, you should continue to check them for monitoring purposes.

10. Always take measurements at the same time of day. Because a person has about 100,000 different blood pressure values every day, individual measurements have no significance. Only regular measurements taken at the same time each day over a longer period of time, give a meaningful assessment of blood pressure values.