Question: Should blood pressure readings be averaged?

The international BP guidelines for the use of home BP [12–14] have stated that when a series of readings is taken, a minimum of two readings should be taken at intervals of at least 1 min, and the average of those readings should be used to represent the patients blood pressure.

Can blood pressure readings be averaged?

In order to obtain a representative blood pressure (BP) to guide the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, take two or more BP readings when a patients initial in-office BP is high and then average them. Use this tool to quickly calculate a patients average systolic and diastolic BP.

Should you take an average of 3 blood pressure readings?

The first measurement should be in the morning before eating or taking any medications, and the second in the evening. Each time you measure, take two or three readings to make sure your results are accurate. Your doctor might recommend taking your blood pressure at the same times each day.

How consistent should your blood pressure be?

Normal blood pressure is considered anything below 120/80 mm Hg. However, a healthy number may vary from person to person....Results.Blood pressure statusSystolic mm HgDiastolic mm HgNormalLess than 120Less than 80Elevated120–129Less than 803 more rows•7 Apr 2018

Can blood pressure vary in minutes?

Most healthy individuals have variations in their blood pressure — from minute to minute and hour to hour. These fluctuations generally happen within a normal range.

Should you take your blood pressure several times in a row?

Check it twice Its ideal to measure your blood pressure twice a day for two weeks leading up to a doctors appointment, or following a change in medication. At each sitting, measure your blood pressure three times, but discard the first reading as it tends to be inaccurate.

Why is my blood pressure different every time I take it?

Some variation in blood pressure throughout the day is normal, especially as a response to small changes in daily life like stress, exercise, or how well you slept the night before. But fluctuations that occur regularly over a number of healthcare provider visits may indicate an underlying problem.

Is it bad to take your blood pressure too often?

Dont check your blood pressure too often. Worrying can also raise your blood pressure in the short term, making your reading higher than it should be.

Is it OK to take blood pressure multiple times?

Check it twice Its ideal to measure your blood pressure twice a day for two weeks leading up to a doctors appointment, or following a change in medication. At each sitting, measure your blood pressure three times, but discard the first reading as it tends to be inaccurate.

What if my blood pressure is 160 90?

Your blood pressure is considered high (stage 1) if it reads 130/80. Stage 2 high blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. If you get a blood pressure reading of 180/110 or higher more than once, seek medical treatment right away. A reading this high is considered “hypertensive crisis.”

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