Looking for a blood pressure reader approved by the British Heart Foundation? Your Blood Pressure reflects how hard your heart needs to pump to deliver blood to
your organs to keep them healthy. It is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The higher number is the systolic and
the lower number is the diastolic. The systolic is the pressure of the blood as it is
pumped out of the heart. The diastolic is the pressure when the heart is resting
Normal Blood Pressure ranges for adults are 90-120mmHg for systolic and 60-80mmHg
Equipment - Blood Pressure
You will need a Blood Pressure monitor to measure your blood pressure.
You should familiarise yourself with the instruction manual that comes with your device.
It is important that you are relaxed and have been resting for 10 minutes before
taking your measurement on the blood pressure reader.
- And to obtain an accurate reading wait for 30 minutes after:
- physical activity or exercise
- consuming food or beverages
- Remove restrictive clothing so that the measurement can be taken over
lightweight clothing or on a bare arm.
- Sit comfortably at a table with your back straight and supported.
- Uncross your legs and place your feet flat on the floor.
- Place one arm on the table with your palm facing upwards.
- Secure the cuff around your upper arm, 1 to 2 cm above the elbow joint, at the
same level as your heart, and so that the air tube runs down the middle of your arm.
- To get the correct tightness you should be able to slide 2 fingers under the cuff
before you start the machine.
- Now rest your arm on the table with the palm facing upwards so that the air tube
- Do not move or talk whilst taking the measurement. Stay calm and relaxed.
- If your machine has an ON/OFF switch, turn it ON, and then press START. Some
machines only have a START button.
- The cuff will automatically inflate. Wait until the cuff deflates and the final
readings are displayed.
- Record your result
Pulse Rate may also be recorded.