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Here are a couple of tips for a better blood pressure reading at your next doctor’s appointment: 

First: Relax and keep quiet while the cuff is on. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found talking can increase blood flow… and make it seem your blood pressure is 5 to 10 points higher than it actually is. 

Next: Watch your posture! Crossing your legs can temporarily increase your blood pressure. 

And your arm position matters, too. For the most accurate reading, keep the cuffed arm at roughly the same level as your heart. 

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