High blood pressure ‘doubles risk of dying from coronavirus’ – symptoms to look out for

Alternatively, blood pressure monitors can be ordered in local pharmacies and larger supermarkets.

The BHF advises people to choose one that measures your blood pressure at your upper arm.

How to measure your blood pressure at home

For an accurate reading, it’s imperative you’re resting and feeling relaxed.

Sat upright in a chair, with feet firmly flat on the floor, you can begin to set up the device.

Place the cuff over the upper arm, and tighten it until you can only fit two fingers underneath the cuff.

Make sure to have relaxed hands (no clenched fists) and turn the device on.

The inflatable cuff will squeeze against your upper arm, but once it’s done you’ll get a reading.

High blood pressure is classified as a reading of 140/90mmHg or above.


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