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It is estimated that 30 percent of patients diagnosed as hypertensive have normal blood pressure. This means that an awful lot of people are taking meds they don’t need. It is really important to get an accurate reading. This article will tell you how.

How to Get the Most Accurate BP Reading

To get the most accurate reading at your next blood pressure screening, follow these tips:

· Do not exercise or eat for 30 minutes before having your blood pressure taken. (Even a cup of coffee can affect readings for several hours after you drink it.)

· Rest at least five minutes beforehand. You should feel comfortable and relaxed in your surroundings.

· Have your reading taken in the morning because biological rhythms naturally influence pressures to be higher in the afternoons and evenings.

· Remove tight clothing from the waist up. Just rolling up your shirtsleeve can act like a tourniquet and cause false readings.

· Ask that your blood pressure include readings taken while you are lying, sitting, and standing. Readings often skyrocket as you change positions, which may signal weak adrenal glands—not high blood pressure.

· Be certain your elbow is at the same level as your heart. Every doctor and nurse is taught this, but very few check it. An elbow that is even a couple of inches below the heart can make the reading as much as 17 points higher than it should be. There's no telling how many people have "low elbow" instead of high blood pressure!

· Have your blood pressure taken three times with at least a one-minute rest between each one.

· Ask if an ambulatory monitoring machine is available. These machines use either an automatic inflatable cuff or small sensor that records blood pressure inside an artery every 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. This eliminates the 20- to 30-mm Hg jump in pressure that often occurs when a patient is in a doctor's office waiting for a blood pressure reading (called "white coat hypertension"). I would encourage any client to request this prior to going on medication to be sure they have hypertension.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture as a holistic doctor, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!