How can I get an accurate blood pressure measurement?

There are a few simple steps to help get an accurate blood pressure reading. Keep in mind that certain factors can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise. Blood pressure normally rises as a result of:

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Cold temperatures
  • Exercise
  • A full stomach
  • Full bladder
  • Caffeine
  • Certain medicines

Avoid these factors if you can when taking your blood pressure. Also, try measuring your blood pressure at about the same time each day.