Heart disease experts warn that the blood pressure measurement process should be treated with lots of care.
According to them, even a wrong move can aggravate the pressure meter indicators. They say blood pressure should be measured in complete silence.
Speaking during the measurement can increase blood pressure indicators. The same is true if you have a more than full stomach, abdominal swelling, or if you keep your legs crossed, says the American Heart Association, to which AgroWeb.org refers.
According to experts, knowledge about accurate blood pressure measurement at home may help you manage your blood pressure.
Moreover, taking into account the mistakes, you can avoid unnecessary changes in blood pressure medications. The studies referred to AgroWeb.org have identified errors that can alter final blood measurement data.
Scientists outline seven common culprits that can alter your blood pressure reading:
Having a full bladder can add 10 to 15 points to a blood pressure reading. Always try to use the bathroom before getting a reading.
Poor support for your feet or back while seated can raise your blood pressure reading by 6 to 10 points. You should sit in a chair with your back supported and feet flat on the floor or a footstool.
Crossing your legs can add 2 to 8 points to your reading.
If your arm hangs by your side or you must hold it up while getting a reading, your blood pressure numbers may be 10 points higher than the actual figure. Your arm should be on a chair or counter so that the blood pressure cuff is level with your heart.
Having the cuff placed over clothing can add 5 to 50 points to your reading. The cuff should be on a bare arm.
A too-small cuff can add 2 to 10 points to a reading.
Talking can add 10 points to your reading. Remain still and silent while your blood pressure is taken./AgroWeb.org