Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a leading cause of stroke and death. Treatment of hypertension is one of the greatest ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. One way to enhance the quality of care for patients, is to set a standard for blood pressure control in adults.
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Taking an accurate blood pressure measurement is essential in diagnosing or treating hypertension. Below are evidence-based tips for taking an accurate blood pressure in the office.
- Tips for Taking A Correct Blood Pressure Measurement
- Patient seated in a chair with back supported
- Keep legs uncrossed and both feet flat on the floor
- Arm should be supported at heart level (resting on a desk or table)
- Select a correct-sized cuff that encircles at least 80% of the arm
- Place cuff on bare arm through the cuff loop (cuff should be approximately 1/2” above the elbow)
- Take blood pressure normally, and, if elevated, use automated device recording the average of 3 blood pressures