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Measuring And Recording Blood Pressure At Home

Measuring And Recording Blood Pressure At Home

Measuring and recording blood pressure at home helps patients track changes in blood pressure over periods. In fact, home blood pressure monitor is often recommended to patients with high blood pressure; people starting high blood pressure medication, or who have risk factors for high blood pressure and even during pregnancy.

We developed the iFORA BP app with you in mind. The app connects to the Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitor and sends your results directly to you and your healthcare provider.

Taking Masked Hypertension[1] and White-Coat Hypertension[2], into consideration, the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) guidelines recommend both home and office blood pressure measurements for accurate diagnosis. Consequently, they issued strong guidance recommending a 5-day regimen that includes two blood pressure measurements in the morning (4 a.m .~2 p.m.) and twice in the evening (6 p.m.~12 a.m.). In cases, it is advised that patients use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor to track and record daytime and nighttime readings (sleep and waking hours).

To get the most out of your FORA blood pressure monitor, we recommend that you adhere to the following.

Recommendations for accurate use:

  • Avoid caffeine, tea, alcohol and tobacco, exercise and even bathing for at least 30 minutes before measurement, as it may raise the blood pressure and thus influence the measurement. 
  • Sit or lie down for at least 10 minutes before measurement.
  • Do not measure when feeling anxious or tense.
  • Take a 5-10 minute break between measurements. This break can be longer if necessary, depending on your physical condition.
  • Keep the records for your doctor as a reference. 
  • Blood pressure varies between each arm. Always measure your blood pressure on the same arm.
  • Go to the toilet before measuring your blood pressure. A full bladder will influence your blood pressure reading. 

 Note:
1. Masked hypertension is defined as normal blood pressure (BP) in the clinic or office (<140/90
2. White-coat hypertension is defined by elevated office blood pressure (greater than or equal to140/90 mm Hg) with normal out-of-office blood pressure values (<135/85 mm Hg), based on either daytime ambulatory or home blood pressure monitoring.

 

DISCLAIMER: READ THE USER’S MANUAL THOROUGHLY BEFORE USING FORA P20 FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE CONTENT IN THIS POST SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR REPLACE THE ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR CARE PROVIDER. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.