Get an accurate blood pressure reading

You might be surprised to know that small things you do can affect the reading your health care provider gets when taking your blood pressure. To make sure your reading is accurate, think about your body.

  • Avoid tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and exercise for at least 30 minutes before your blood pressure is taken and use the bathroom to empty your bladder.
  • Sit in a quiet place without talking.
  • Sit with your legs uncrossed, feet flat and your back and arm supported.
  • Remove clothing from the area where the cuff will be placed.
  • Feel free to ask for a second reading after you’ve settled.