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Ask the Doc (Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiology): How to Take Your Blood Pressure

Ask the Doc (Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiology): How to Take Your Blood Pressure

  • Posted Feb 27, 2015
  • Karan Munuswamy, MD

Q: How do I take my blood pressure?

Dr. Munuswamy: Sit down with both feet on the floor and your back against the chair. Wrap proper size blood pressure monitor cuff above the elbow and rest your arm on a table, at your heart level. Do not talk while you take your blood pressure. Follow the instructions that came with your monitor. Take your blood pressure, then take it again after a few moments and write down the results. It is improtant that you record the BP at the same time each day.

Dr. Munuswamy is a clinical cardiologist and hypertension specialist who practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For physician referral information, call 954-900-6659.


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