Originally Posted by core9design
... To increase accuracy of BP reading; I'll always sit still for 10-15 minutes before attempting 1st reading, and each measurement are of 1minute from each other. ...
You are taking the right approach by wanting to "accurately" monitor your blood pressure at home, in order to determine and learn about your own unique blood pressure behavior. By being proactive, you can also monitor the effect of either medication, or life style changes, on your blood pressure.
I've taken my blood pressure 26,791 times since 1998
, or an average of about 7 times per day
I sit down, take three large slow breaths, and then take it only ONCE.
I have learned a lot about my blood pressure and have successfully reduced it from an average of 152/97
in 1998, based on 1,106
blood pressure readings to 122/72
for 2008, based on 2,543
blood pressure readings.
Even if my technique for taking my blood pressure isn't exactly according to Hoyle, the fact that I've been able to reduce my averages from 152/97
, represents a significant reduction in blood pressure.
I've been battling life-threatening, debilitating diseases for over 20 years, and that is why I've gone to such extremes in monitoring my blood pressure. Plus...... as my blood pressure averages improved slowly, year over year, so did my health. The healthier I got, the more incentive I had to monitor my blood pressure, and continue to find ways to reduce it to even healthier levels.
I am now able to do up to 200 push-ups per day, an hour power walk per day, 250 weight lifts per day, and 400 steps per day
, whereas, when my blood pressure was higher and my health was much worse, the slightest physical effort would case chest pain, breathing problems, fatigue, heart rhythm dysfunction, over-sweating, etc.
I'll be looking forward to finding out what techniques you decide upon, and what you learn and do about your blood pressure.