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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.


Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 1: Rest for about 5 minutes before measuring blood pressure.

1. Rest for about 5 minutes before taking a measurement. Even desk work increases the blood pressure on average by about 6 mmHg systolic and 5 mmHg diastolic.

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 2: Do not consume any nicotine or coffee for up to one hour before taking the measurement.

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

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 3: Do not take a measurement while you have a strong urge to urinate

3. Do not measure your blood pressure if you urgently need to urinate. A full bladder can lead to an increase in the blood pressure of about 10 mmHg.

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 4: Take measurements on a bare upper arm and while sitting upright.

4. Measure your blood pressure on a completely bare upper arm or wrist, and in a comfortable upright seated position. The blood circulation must not be constricted by a rolled-up sleeve, for example.

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 5: If you are using a wrist monitor, hold the cuff at heart level during the measuring procedure.

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

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 6: Please do not talk or move during the measuring procedure.

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

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 7: Wait at least one minute between two measurements

7. Wait at least one minute between two measurements, so that the vessels are relieved from pressure in preparation for a new measurement.

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 8: Date and time are conveniently and easily recorded with the measured values with Veroval® medi.connect, as well as any medications you have taken.

8. Document all measurements with the date, time and medications taken, conveniently and simply with Veroval® medi.connect.

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 9: Take measurements regularly, even if your values have improved.

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

Veroval blood pressure measurement rule 10: Always take measurements at the same time of day.

10. Always take measurements at the same time of day. Because a person has about 100,000 different blood pressure values over the course of a day, single measurements are not meaningful. Only regular measurements taken at the same time each day over a longer period of time give a meaningful assessment of blood pressure values.

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