High Blood Pressure

Frequently Asked Questions

11. What can I do to prepare to have my blood pressure taken?

Here is how to prepare to have your blood pressure taken.

You should have at least three readings taken on different days to accurately measure your blood pressure. Ask the doctor or nurse to tell you your blood pressure reading in numbers and to explain what the numbers mean. Write down your numbers or ask the doctor or nurse to write them down for you. You can keep the information in this wallet card, which you can print out and carry with you. The card also includes tips on ways to control and prevent high blood pressure and a list of questions to ask your doctor.