How to check your blood pressure

Did you know you can monitor your own blood pressure using a manual or digital monitor?HRI researcher Seren Ucak, explains how to take your blood pessure in the video above.

5 steps to check your blood pressure

  • Locate your pulse by lightly pressing your index and middle fingers on the inside centre of the bend of your elbow. This is where you will find the brachial artery.
  • Secure the cuff by threading the cuff end through the metal loop. Slide the cuff onto your left arm, ensuring you sit up straight. 
  • Inflate and deflate the cuff as determined by the monitor you are using (manual or digital). Sit quietly while the reading is in progress
  • It is recommended you measure your blood pressure at the same time each day, and record it in a log.
  • Record the reading. Systolic pressure appears on the left/top and diastolic pressure appears on the right/bottom. 

 

Your bood pressure  will show as one number of the other, such as 120/80. 
120 - The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measure the pressure in the arterieswhen the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).
80 - The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures  the pressure in the arteries between the heartbeats (when the muscle is resting between beats and refilling wiht blood).