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Ever wondered why your doctor prefers to take your blood pressure reading in sitting position and not lying down (unless it is necessary)? There is a reason for this. Your position while checking blood pressure has an impact on the reading. A Turkish study done in the year 2007, researchers tried to check blood pressure in a different position, and it showed different readings during the course of the experiment. There were four positions that were taken into consideration during the study:
What was the conclusion
Taking all the reading of the individuals into consideration it was seen that the systolic and diastolic pressure (i.e. both the upper and lower reading) was the highest when taken lying down. Hence the study concluded that while assessing blood pressure it is important to take the position of the patient into consideration. Also, blood pressure measurement should be taken in sitting position with the arms supported at the right level.
Here are few rules to follow while measuring blood pressure at home when alone:
1: E er I, Khorshid L, G ne UY, Demir Y. The effect of different body positions on blood pressure. J Clin Nurs. 2007 Jan;16(1):137-40. PubMed PMID: 17181675.
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