The new BP guidelines suggest 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 BP is taken, as movement can cause a short-term rise in blood pressure. It is also recommended you take 2-3 readings 1-2 minutes apart and record all results.
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