If you’re measuring your blood pressure at home, make sure the device has been “clinically validated.” You can purchase a device online or at your local pharmacy. We recommend an upper arm cuff over a wrist or finger blood pressure monitor.
Before taking your blood pressure, it’s important to avoid the following factors that may cause your blood pressure to temporarily rise:
- Cold temperatures
- Certain medications (check the label on your device)
When you’re ready, find a quiet place and sit for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you’re relaxed and have recently urinated (a full bladder can affect your reading). Roll up your sleeve so that your arm is bare. Apply the cuff on your upper arm and following the directions on the device. Please make sure to take at least two readings. Enter the higher of the two readings during your online dynamic visit.