Originally Posted by zuzu8
Yes. Make sure though that your back is supported. Also arm should be palm up, limp and relaxed. Make sure also that both feet are on the floor.
My cardiologist suggests you take 3 readings, each about 2-3 minutes apart.
Throw out the first reading, then average the other two.
When I was first diagnosed with hypertension, I was all freaked out about it, and it didn't help that in the course of one day, I might take fifteen different readings, and have them range from 120/65 to 190/115, there just didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for the ups and downs. I finally found a precription drug program that was effective in turning the "trend" down for the better, and I resolved to not stress myself out anymore taking so many readings, or taking them at drugstores or supermarkets. I take my pressure twice a day, at the same time every day, after sitting quietly for exactly five minutes (I time it with a little $5 kitchen timer I got it Target, just for this purpose). No TV, no nothing. Just quiet. I take three measurement, like you have suggested, and wait two minutes between each one, sitting quietly. Then I throw out the first one, and average the second and third. What I walk away with is confidence in knowing I have gotten an accurate reading, so I don't spend the rest of my day stressing about what it is. By the way, the first reading is almost ALWAYS higher in my case, especially on the systolic....sometimes the second and third readings will be up to 30 points lower than the first, but the second and third reading are usually very close to each other. This morning, for example:
=AVERAGE (of #2 and #3) of 131/79/66, and that's what I write down.
I do this once in the morning before I have my coffee, and once about an hour before I go to bed. My doctor is cool with it, as a matter of fact, he told me it was a great idea....so thanks. This tip helped me a LOT.