Your health is the most important than anything in this world that is why monitoring your health especially your blood pressure on a regular basis is a must.
Blood pressure is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm-Hg) and is given as two figures called systolic pressure (it is the pressure when your heart pushes blood out) and diastolic pressure (it is the pressure when your heart rests between beats).
Some of the reasons why your blood rises up is because stress (I think this is the common reason of everyone), smoking, cold temperature, exercise, caffeine and certain drugs.
Before you check your blood pressure, it is highly recommended to have a blood pressure chartbecause it can help you to determine if you need some medical advise or if you don’t have a healthy blood pressure.
Here are some tips you need to do before you check your blood pressure:
- Find a quite place for you to hear properly your heartbeat. To avoid distraction also.
- It is best to take your blood pressure on your left arm. Roll up the sleeve on your left arm or remove any tight-sleeved clothing.
- Your left arm should rest comfortably at heart level. Rest in a chair next to a table for five to 10 minutes.
- Sit up straight with your back against the chair, legs uncrossed.
- Rest your forearm on the table with the palm of your hand facing up.
Taking Your Blood Pressure:
- Locate your pulse.
- Secure the cuff.
- Inflate and deflate the cuff
- Record your blood pressure
Always remember that prevention is better than cure.