Checking your blood pressure doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these three simple steps for successful blood pressure monitoring at home.
Step #1: Check Your Blood Pressure Every Day
Check your blood pressure every day (unless your doctor has told you otherwise). This is important when you have heart failure. It allows you to keep track of patterns and trends and stay on top of any issues.
Step #2: Know How to Use Your Livongo Blood Pressure Cuff
Did you know you can get a false reading if the blood pressure cuff is too tight? It’s true. Crossing your legs and not resting for 5 minutes can also give an inaccurate reading. This is why it’s important to know how to use your Livongo blood pressure cuff.
Follow these steps to get an accurate reading every time:
Step #3: Know Your Target Blood Pressure
Based on current heart failure clinical guidelines, you should aim to keep your blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg. Your doctor may set a different target for you based on your medical history. Talk to your doctor about what goal is right for you.
Managing your blood pressure helps protect your heart. It lowers your risk of developing other heart conditions. Reducing your salt intake and sticking with your meds are the most important ways to control your blood pressure. Exercise and managing stress are also helpful.
If you’d like to learn more about lowering your blood pressure, schedule a session with one of our Livongo expert coaches.