Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions Infographic Transcript

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Blood Pressure Measurement Instructions

Don't smoke, exercise, drink caffenated beverages or alcohol within 30 minutes of measurement. 

Rest in a chair for at least 5 minutes with your left arm resting comfortably on a flat surface at heart level. Sit calmly and don't talk. 

Make sure you're relaxed. Sit in a chair with youru feet flat on the floor with your back straight and supported.

Take at least two readings 1 minute apart in the morning before taking medications, and in the evening before dinner. Record all results. 

Use properly calibrated and validated instrument, check the cuff size and fit. 

Place the bottom of the cuff above the bend of the elbos.

American Heart Association recommended blood pressure levels

Blood Pressure Category Systolic (mm Hg)   Diastolic (mm Hg)
Normal less than 120  and  less than 80
Elevated 120-129  and less than 80
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 130-139  or 80-89
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 140 or higher  or 90 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis Higher than 180 and/or Higher than 120


Blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg is an emergency.*

*Wait a few minutes and take blood pressure again. If it's still that high, contact your doctor immediately. 

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