A 26-year-old female asked:
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should ones arm be resting on surface or hold itself ( elevated without support) at heart level while checking blood pressure?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Resting always: When you hold your arm up, you're performing muscular work /isometric exercise: this raises your BP! Your arm must be supported at heart level on a table or desk to obtain an accurate reading. (also: be sure you're at complete rest for 10 minutes and that the cuff is the right size for your arm's diameter). Thank you for asking - that's a great question!
Answered on Jun 3, 2015
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