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. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions on when and how often to take your blood pressure. Also, try measuring your blood pressure at about the same time each day.

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