The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests before blood pressure readings are taken the following conditions should occur at least 30 minutes prior to measurement to provide the most accurate blood pressure reading: no smoking, no exercise, and no caffeinated beverages, as these actions may cause a short-term rise in blood pressure. They also recommend the patient go to the bathroom before the test, as having a full bladder can change their blood pressure reading. It is recommended the patient sit for at least 5 minutes before their blood pressure is taken, as movement can cause a short-term rise in blood pressure. It is also recommended you take 2-3 readings one minute apart and record all results.
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