Breathing rate while monitoring blood pressure.

Q: Which is the correct way of monitoring my blood pressure – while breathing normally or while inhaling deeply and exhaling lengthily? Just a while ago, the former resulted in 140/67 (pulse rate 63) as the average of 3 takes; with the latter, it was 118/62 (pulse rate 62).

A: You should be breathing normally when you take your blood pressure.  The recommendation of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) is to sit quietly in a chair for five minutes prior to measuring blood pressure

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