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What do I need to do before I measure my blood pressure?
DateTime:2008-8-17 9:38:51  
- Don't use caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco products 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
- Go to the bathroom before measuring your blood pressure.
- Rest for 3 to 5 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Do not talk.
- Sit in a comfortable position, with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back supported.
- Place your arm, raised to the level of your heart, on a table or a desk, and sit still.
- Wrap the correctly sized cuff smoothly and snugly around the upper part of your bare arm. The cuff should fit snugly, but there should be enough room for you to slip one fingertip under the cuff.
- Be certain that the bottom edge of the cuff is 1 inch above the crease of your elbow.
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