Taking Your Blood Pressure

1. Avoid eating, drinking, or smoking 30 minutes before taking your reading and empty your bladder.

2. Sit quietly for 5 minutes, arms and legs uncrossed, with you back supported.

3. Place the cuff mid-arm, level with your heart, with your arm resting on the table.

4. Don't speak during your reading.

5. Always take your reading at the same time of day, and on the same arm.