A good means of controling high blood pressure : The self-measurement
of blood pressure
- Why using a self-measurement device?
- The self-measurement device
10.3 - The Inflation
and deflating of the cuff
10.4 - Ideal anatomical
site for the measurement of the blood pressure
10.5 - Validation
of the device
10.6 - Conditions and number of measurements
- Conditions and number of measurements
These data are very
variable according to medical staff, but many medical staff accept
the information that we have.
10.6.1 - Conditions
They must be very standardized
and identical to each measurement of the blood pressure. The
cuff is placed at the level of the heart, the arm is relaxed,
the subject is sitting, his hand resting on a table. This measurement
must be taken away from any stress, without consumption of coffee
10.6.2 - Number
of measurements of the blood pressure
We recommend a measurement in the morning, between wakening and breakfast,
and a measurement in the evening between dinner and going to bed.
At each time, 3 measurements
of the blood pressure are carried out, during 7 days. You must
note the values of the blood pressure on a monitoring notebook
and then show it to your practitioner.
In the majority of
the cases your practitioner will delete the first day blood pressure
value, and will thus carry out an evaluation of the level of
the blood pressure to 36 measurements (6 measurements per day
X 6 days).
10.6.3 - Occasional
measurements of the blood pressure
Sometimes, the self-measurement
device of the blood pressure is not used in this context, it
can measure the blood pressure in the event of symptoms.
If the blood pressure
is very high you can alert your doctor quickly who will prescribe
an adapted treatment for you.
10.6.4 - Precaution
of use of the self-measurement device of the blood pressure
When people with high
blood pressure present an arrhythmia, the self-measurement device
is often unable to measure the blood pressure or provide aberrant
results. In addition certain people are unable to use such a
monitoring blood pressure device.
last reviewed on : 18 dec 2011