Your Livongo Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to check your heart health.
In fact, using it regularly can be more effective than occasional readings at a doctor’s office.
Lowering your blood pressure often involves certain changes. You may need to cut your salt intake. You might also consider a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle. Routine monitoring of your blood pressure can show you whether the changes you are making are helping.
Here are four simple ways to ensure your at-home readings are more accurate:
- Relax. Avoid exercise, smoking, or having caffeine within 30 minutes of checking.
- Take a seat. Choose a chair. Sit with your legs uncrossed. Put your feet flat on the floor and keep your back straight. Stay rested and still, without talking or distractions, for at least 5 minutes before measuring.
- Put on your cuff. Support your arm on a flat surface (such as a table) at heart level. Place the bottom of the cuff directly above the bend of your elbow and take a reading. Do not place the cuff over clothing.
- Be consistent. Continue to take your blood pressure as recommended by your doctor. Try to do it at the same time each day, under the same conditions. We recommend in the morning before eating or taking medications. The evening before dinner is also a good time.