Studies show blood pressure should be checked twice in a row

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Studies show blood pressure should be checked twice in a row - Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on April 16, 2018. (WPVI)

When it comes to blood pressure, one reading may not be enough.

Forty-six percent of Americans have high blood pressure, but studies show when it's taken twice at your doctor's office - with at least one minute in between - the second reading is typically lower and a more accurate measurement.

Also, as a nurse I tell people to try to relax for 5 minutes before the reading, use the restroom and stay quiet with your feet on the ground while it's being checked.

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