Prepare before time for the reading: You cannot just come from a walk and then take your reading. You have to prepare at least 30 minutes before taking the reading. Do not exercise, smoke, drink caffeine, or eat a big meal 30 minutes before taking a reading. All these things can spike your blood pressure.
Sit down comfortably: Sit down or lie down comfortably when taking the reading. Taking the blood pressure when standing can alter the reading. Also, make sure that your hands are positioned properly when taking the reading.
Check the accuracy of the device: Many digital blood pressure machines show different readings. So, it is important to buy the correct blood pressure reader for yourself. You can ask your doctor to recommend one or take the blood pressure machine to the doctor and compare its accuracy against their model.
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