Women with PCOS are vulnerable to heart-damaging high blood pressure. And, as we reported yesterday, doctors are now increasingly recommending those with high blood pressure to take readings at home as part of creating a healthy lifestyle that lowers levels to help avoid heart disease.
First, set yourself up with the right machine for measuring high blood pressure after consulting with your doctor. Then before each reading you should:
- Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, and don’t smoke, during the 30 minutes before the test.
- Sit quietly for five minutes with your back supported and feet on the floor.
- Support your arm when making the measurement so your elbow is at the level of your heart.
- Push your sleeves out of the way and wrap the cuff over bare skin. Measure your blood pressure according to the machine’s instructions. Leave the deflated cuff in place, wait a minute, then take a second reading. If the readings are close, average them. If not, repeat again and average the three readings.
- Don’t panic if a reading is high. Relax for a few minutes and try again.
- Keep a record of your blood pressure readings and the time of day they are made to show your doctor.