Using an Arm Cuff Blood Pressure Monitor
Once of the easiest and most accurate ways to test your blood pressure at home is with the use of an automatic cuff-style blood pressure monitor. Care Touch Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors are quick and don’t require any additional work in order to get a reading other than the ability to carefully hold still for a couple of minutes. It is great for keeping proper track of your own blood pressure, or can serve as a necessary tool for at home nursing. They are said to be more accurate than other monitors because the arteries in the upper arm are in a more suitable location for blood pressure readings. In exchange, it is far less portable and the cuff may not be able for people with larger arms. If flexibility and portability are what you require, we’d recommend a Care Touch Portable Wrist Monitor instead.
Using your Care Touch Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor correctly is essential to get the most accurate readings. There are also many factors that can affect your results. Before using your Care Touch blood pressure monitor, take the following precautions to ensure that your results are as accurate as possible:
- Take your blood pressure around the same time each day. It is normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate throughout through the day.
- Do your reading in an environment with a moderate climate. Extreme temperatures can affect your results.
- Avoid eating, exercising, bathing, smoking, or drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages for at least 30 minutes prior to testing.
- Get into a comfortable, relaxed position and sit still for 5 minutes. Make sure your back is properly supported and your feet are flat on the floor.
- If you are wearing long sleeves, roll them up. There should be no fabric or other obstructions between the monitor and your wrist.
- Place the cuff on your bare upper arm one inch above the bend of your elbow. Make sure the tubing falls over the front center of your arm so that the sensor is correctly placed. Pull the end of the cuff so that it’s evenly tight around your arm.
You’re now ready to take your reading. To begin, follow the steps below:
- Rest your elbow on a sturdy surface and raise your wrist to heart level.
- With your palm facing up, hit the start button to begin the reading.
- Remain calm and motionless as the cuff inflates. Avoid talking, as it may affect your reading.
- To ensure that your readings are accurate, you should measure the width around your bicep and use a cuff that fits. If the cuff is too small, it can give a false elevated reading, while having a cuff that is too large, you can end up with a false low blood pressure reading.
- If the cuff becomes too tight or uncomfortable during the reading, or if you start to feel lightheaded, turn off the machine or engage the emergency release button.
- We recommend taking an average of two readings. After the first reading, repeat the reading process after 1-2 minutes without removing the monitor. If the readings are not close, take a 3rd one and average the three. It is necessary to wait in between readings because your blood pressure will raise between readings and you will need about 1-2 minutes to allow your blood pressure to normalize.
- If the number seems abnormally high, try to relax, and wait 5 minutes before doing another reading.