How to measure bp

Q: Why on the first reading is the systolic higher, sometimes almost ten points, the second reading is lower and the third is even lower? I read that having three readings is a good way to take a blood pressure reading. My BP monitor can average three measures taken within ten minutes.

A: Blood pressure is not constant. Taking blood pressure three times in a row, allows your pressure to stabilize to the setting. The average of the three readings represents your typical pressure. Click here for a guideline that explains proper BP measuring.

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