To check blood pressure at home, roll up one sleeve, sit down for a few minutes and place the cuff of a heart monitor around the upper arm. Inflate the cuff until it reads 30 points above the expected systolic pressure and look at the pressure reading on the screen or dial. It is a good idea to take multiple readings and record each reading with the time and date, according to the American Heart Association.
Monitoring blood pressure at home is a good way to keep track of blood pressure on a regular basis, as reported by WebMD. Patients can take their own blood pressure using the following steps.
1. Sit down in a quiet place
Sit down somewhere quiet and relax for a few minutes. It is important to bring the heart rate to a resting level before testing blood pressure.
2. Slip on the cuff
Slip the cuff onto the upper arm around 1-inch above the elbow. Fasten it so that it is secure and snug. For manual monitors, find the pulse in the bend of the elbow and place the stethoscope in the ears.
3. Inflate the cuff
Inflate the cuff until the display reaches a level of 30 points above expected systolic pressure.
4. Read and record the blood pressure value
For digital monitors, wait until the monitor beeps. The values displayed on the screen after it beeps are the current systolic and diastolic pressure levels. For manual monitors, place the end of the stethoscope on the pulse point and listen for a pulse. When the first pulse beat appears, write down the value on the dial. This is the systolic pressure value. Keep listening to the pulse. When the pulse is no longer audible, the value on the dial should reflect the diastolic pressure.