Re: Which measurement is accurate?
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KrisTsao:
My doctor asked me to measure my BP twice a day. I bought an Omron HEM-737 BP monitor with automatic inflation. I found when I measure my BP, without taking the cuff off, I do 3 continuous measurements, and all three are different. And three are very different, it's like 144/95, 128/80/, 125/78. Which one is the accurate one</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
When studies are done involving blood pressure, ways to reduce the variation in results include. Taking it 3 times, exclude the 1st reading (as it is usually the highest), then average the second two. Also take your blood pressure in the same arm (right), be sitting with your arm same height as your heart, don't drink coffee or smoke, be in a quiet environment, and often it is better if someone else does it so you cant see the numbers (as this also elevates the BP). Make sure the cuff size is the correct size for your arm also.