Living with high blood pressure is associated with heart attack and stroke, the top two global leading causes of death. Unfortunately there are no obvious symptoms to high blood pressure, and many people are not aware that they are living with high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are recommended to monitor their blood pressure regularly at home as part of blood pressure management. Here are some reminders on how to properly measure blood pressure with Fora’s P20 Blood Pressure Monitor:
Avoid physical activity, smoking or drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol for at least 30 minutes prior to taking a measurement.
Empty your bladder or bowel, if you need to, prior to taking a measurement.
Rest in a chair with your arm rested on a surface. Your upper arm should be levelled at the heart’s.
Your back should be straight and supported, feet uncrossed and flat on the ground. Sit for 10 minutes prior to taking a measurement.
Remove excessive clothing from your arm before putting the pressure cuff around your upper arm. The marked region should be 2-3 cm above the inner elbow. Two fingers should comfortably fit in between the cuff and your arm.
Relax your hand with the palm facing up.
Take a measurement, or optionally use the AVG mode to take an average of three measurements. Remain still and do not talk during a measurement.
Record the readings for your doctor’s reference. Alternatively, use the free iFORA MP App to upload and track your readings on your smartphone.
DISCLAIMER: READ THE USER’S MANUAL THOROUGHLY BEFORE USING FORA P20 FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE CONTENT IN THIS POST SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR REPLACE THE ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR CARE PROVIDER. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.