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A GUIDE TO AUTOMATIC
BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
CUFF SELECTION AND PLACEMENT
WHAT IS HYPERTENSION?
Hypertension is blood pressure
that is above the expected range.
Ensure cuff is correct size. Check Index Markers lie
within the range shown on the cuff.
The Bladder should surround 80% of the arm and be
centred over the forearm.
HOW IS HYPERTENSION
The only way to find out if you
have high blood pressure is
through regular check-ups with
WHY TAKE MULTIPLE
Blood pressure is often high
initially due to ‘office’ or
‘situational’ Hypertension. By
discarding this first reading, taking
multiple readings and averaging
them, the accuracy of diagnosis is
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO
Hypertension is one of the major
risk factors for heart disease,
stroke and kidney failure.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF
HEART DISEASE AND STROKE
IF YOU HAVE HYPERTENSION?
There are several measures you
can take to lower your blood
pressure known as ‘lifestyle
These include, if you need to lose
weight, improve your diet and get
Quitting smoking will reduce your
overall cardiovascular risk.
PROPER PATIENT POSITION
• Place cuff at heart level - mid sternum.
• Hold arm still
• Remain relaxed
130 - 139
85 - 89
140 - 159
90 - 99
TREATMENT REQUIRED / LIKELY
ASSESS ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS
REASSESS EVERY 5 YEARS
SOME FACTS ABOUT
Of those people with high blood
pressure, 40% don’t know they
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