Blood pressure meter, why should I have one? having a vital sign meter reception allows you to see your vital sign (BP) conveniently. This can help you take better care of your blood pressure.
What should I look out for when choosing a meter?
Easy to use
Convenient to carry around
Fast and accurate
What should I take note of?
Take note of the date and time of the day you measure your BP.
Take your BP at about the same time each day as there are differences in BP measured throughout the day.
Your BP reading may be affected by certain conditions such as blood vessel diseases and irregular heart rate.
BP is usually measured in the non-dominant arm. For example, if you’re right-handed, this may be your left arm. Measure the same arm each time.
Do not smoke, drink caffeinated drinks (e.g. tea or coffee), or exercise half-hour before measuring your vital sign.
Do not stop or change your medicine dose based on your home BP results. If your BP reading is extremely high or very low, you ought to ask your doctor. Do not drop the device. Keep the meter away from moisture, dirt, wide temperature differences, and direct sunlight.
Take a break before measuring again. However, if the reading remains high all the time, see a doctor.
Why Should I Record My Blood Pressure Readings?
Keep a record of your blood pressure readings and bring it along when you visit your doctor.
Write down the date and time when you are measuring your blood pressure. You should also record any related events that would have caused a change in your BP e.g. “Argued with spouse”. “Just mopped floor” or “Having headache”.
Blood pressure meters: why should I have one? how do I use the BP Meter correctly?
Blood pressure meter, why should I have one? having a vital sign meter reception allows you to see your vital sign (BP) conveniently. There are 2 sorts of BP monitoring devices available within the market:
• Upper arm type
• Wrist type
Correct use of the upper arm type
Sit quietly for five minutes, with your feet on the floor and back well supported. Your arm should be resting on a flat surface, with the upper arm at the bottom level. Unroll the arm cuff.
Place cuff 1 – 2 cm above elbow (roughly 1 middle finger + index finger). Turn the palm of your left hand upward. Pull to wrap the arm cuff.
Cuff should not be too tight – the index and middle finger should fit under the cuff with little difficulty.
Lightly open the palm facing upwards and place your elbow on the table so that the center of the arm cuff is at the heart level (nipple level).