In order to achieve the most accurate measurements and to prevent false readings, please read and follow the instructions listed below.
A blood pressure cuff will be placed around your left upper arm. It is best positioned directly on the bare skin, but can be placed over thin sleeved apparel. Thicker fabrics can cause errors and must be removed or an examination gown put on. Do not roll up your shirt or jacket sleeve, since this can cause constriction in the upper arm and prevent an accurate reading.
For about 5 minutes prior to the test, you should relax, have feet flat on the floor, palm up, and forearm at heart level or as positioned by the technician. Breathe normally. Measurement of cardiovascular dynamics and blood pressure will vary as the arm position, muscle tension, breathing pattern, and other factors are changed.
For reliable results, avoid talking, moving (no finger lifting or gum chewing) and coughing, before and during the measurement.
The cuff will automatically inflate as the test begins. Although this may produce some discomfort, it is minor and very short in duration. Generally, 5 measurements are made with a 2-3 minute rest between each measurement. Continue to remain quiet and relatively motionless between readings.
Additional measurements may be performed if there appears any inaccurate or false values. If you have an arrhythmia, please notify the technician as readings may fluctuate and may need to be repeated. An average ASI (Arterial Stiffness Index) is calculated from the multiple measurements.
Dr. Swetlikoff will review the results and explain their meaning and significance to you.