We walk through how to measure your blood pressure at home in this article. The term “self-measured blood pressure” (SMBP) refers to taking a reading of one’s blood pressure while one is not in a medical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office, but rather at one’s own home.

Blood pressure is the measure of the force that the blood exerts on the artery walls as a consequence of the heart’s pumping action. If your blood pressure readings are consistently higher than the usual range, your doctor may diagnose you with high blood pressure, also called hypertension.
Heart disease accounts for more deaths than any other health problem in the US, and hypertension is a major contributor to this epidemic.
Fifty percent of Americans have high blood pressure, and a lot of those people don’t even know it. A healthcare provider should check the blood pressure of adults. Your doctor may advise you to monitor your blood pressure at home if they find it consistently high when you visit their office. In order to measure blood pressure, two metrics are utilized. The first figure represents the blood pressure that exists when the heart is pumping blood out of the body, which is known as the systolic pressure. Diastolic pressure, the pressure that exists between heartbeats as blood is being pumped into the heart, is the second number.

A quick and accurate way to check your blood pressure is with a home meter.
People with hypertension can successfully reduce their blood pressure with the use of self-measured blood pressure and clinician support, according to studies.

To get ready to measure your blood pressure, wait 30 minutes before doing any physical activity, eating, consuming caffeinated beverages, or smoking.
Before taking your blood pressure medicine, make sure to take a blood pressure reading.
Before you go, make sure to empty your bladder.
Step 1: Locate a peaceful area with a table and chair that is free from any disturbances. Step 2: Take a 5-minute seat and relax before getting your blood pressure reading.
Lift your uncovered arm over your elbow and mid-arm to place the blood pressure cuff. The cuff should not be worn over garments.
Make sure your arm is propped up on the table and that the cuff that measures your blood pressure is at the same level as your heart. Hold your arm steady and raise your hands to your sides.
Lay flat on the floor with your feet apart as you take your reading.
Keep your back straight while you sit in a chair. Keep your cool and unwind. When you are taking your reading, don’t multitask.