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Doctor insights on: Blood Pressure Cuff Placement On Arm

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Are blood clots in the arm connected to blood pressure cuff left on at all?

Are blood clots in the arm connected to blood pressure cuff left on at all?

Arm blood clots: Unlikely that a BP cuff is the cause of blood clots in the arm unless left inflated for an extended period - hours. Sounds as if you were in the hospital and usual cause of blood clots in the arm is the IV placed causing thrombophlebitis. This is usually due to an infection of the vein or potentially due to medications given through the iv. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

BP cuff: Most often a blood pressure cuff is placed above the elbow on the upper extremity so that the pulse at the elbow can be heard. However, blood pressure can be taken in any extremity. ...Read more

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How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

See below: The cuff is put around the arm and inflated. The pressure is increased enough to totally cut off flow through the artery. When the cuff is deflated, sounds are heard when flow begins. That is the systolic pressure. When the cuff further deflates, eventually there is no collapse of the artery at all and then the sounds disappear or muffle. That is the diastolic pressure. ...Read more

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Blood pressure taken at home on calf was 220/115. is this normal? Taken with home blood pressure cuff

Insuff Info: Blood Pressure in Legs usually as much as 20% higher in the legs than in the Brachial artery. But this would mean your Brachial BP is also high. Blood pressure taken by automatic machine is always in doubt. If it blows up the cuff so tight that it hurts, then blood pressure measurment is in doubt and will appear higher. A blood pressure lower in legs suggests a blockage to blood flow. ...Read more

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Can you hurt yourself by using to small of a blood pressure cuff? I used mine and my wrist was hiring bad by time I was done.

Can you hurt yourself by using to small of a blood pressure cuff? I used mine and my wrist was hiring bad by time I was done.

Injury unlikely: I have seen bruising on the upper arm due to blood pressure cuff getting too tight. This is usually only a problem with automatic cuffs. Pain in the wrist could result from a cuff becoming too tight resulting in pressure on a nerve that runs down to the wrist. This should resolve shortly without causing damage. Ensure that your blood pressure cuff is proper size to ensure accurate results. ...Read more

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Which blood pressure measurement to believe? Depending on position of cuff on upper arm, I get systolic differences as much as 30. Which to trust?

Which blood pressure measurement to believe? Depending on position of cuff on upper arm, I get systolic differences as much as 30. Which to trust?

BP measurement: 53 F asks: Which blood pressure measurement to believe? Depending on position of cuff on upper arm, I get systolic differences as much as 30. Which to trust? ANS: You are right. Cuff position can make a big difference on what the BP device reads. So first you need correct size cuff for arm circumference. Then place it correctly. Do this everytime same time of day. Take 3 and average. Consult me. ...Read more

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If I inflate blood pressure cuff then stand my sys drops 20 but if I take it a minute after its normal again. Hororthostatic hypotension? Male 22.

Stop Testing: I think it appears you are driving yourself crazy. Ten thousand questions on healthtap is not going to help or change what you are experiencing. All humans have a transient hypotension or change in heart rate when they are sitting to standing. It may even be more pronounced in the young thin very healthy person and then if the ambient temperature is high then even more pronounced. Stop testing. ...Read more

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What does it mean if an automatic blood pressure cuff will not register your blood pressure?

What does it mean if an automatic blood pressure cuff will not register your blood pressure?

Arrhythmia: It could mean that you are having an arrhythmia -- because the automated home BP machine is designed with a normal/regular rate and rhythm most commonly seen -. ...Read more

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Does flexing during a blood pressure check increase blood pressure? I think either my arm is too big or my cuff is small.

Does flexing during a blood pressure check increase blood pressure? I think either my arm is too big or my cuff is small.

Yes: There are many technical issues that can raise blood pressure readings. Most cuffs have markers to indicate if they are appropriately sized; you can check this. Any movement can increase blood pressure. It is optimal to be at rest for several minutes before checking BP, and to have minimal emotional or other stress for most accurate result. ...Read more

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Tomorrow, I am going in for the results of my blood test. Always turns out well enough. Will I definitely have that darn blood pressure cuff put on?

Maybe: Its up to your doctor. If you have a history of hypertension, then chances are good you will have your pressure taken. If you pressure is normal then he may just discuss the results with you. ...Read more

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If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause blood clots?

If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause blood clots?

No: It's on for too short a time. A too-small BP cuff is a problem only because it makes the measured BP appear elevated which is artifactual. ...Read more

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What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

Check this site: The american heart association has a very helpful website on monitoring blood pressure:

http://www. Heart. Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/symptomsdiagnosismonitoringofhighbloodpressure/how-to-monitor-and-record-your-blood-pressure_ucm_303323_article. Jsp

please let me know if I can help further. ...Read more

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If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high?

If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high?

Yes & Yes: 19 y/o Female asks If blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high? The Answers are Yes & Yes. If one is concerned about the cuff one should have BP checked in a proper Medical place by trained people to be sure. Best wishes ...Read more

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When taking blood pressure home with cuff how leveled does your arm have to be wth heart and how snug does cuff have to be.

Try this: The cuff should fit snugly but not be stretched, neither should if feel uncomfortable. If this occurs then the BP might register as artificially higher than it truthfully is. There is some controversy regarding what level the cuff should be at when measuring. I think (and I think the literature largely shows this) it is best measured in the seated position with cuff at about the level of the heart ...Read more

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Bilateral arm pain I have been experiiencing pain in both arms at different times for the last few weeks. The pain is either achey or sharp and shoots down my arm (left arm). My right arm feels like it has a blood pressure cuff on it sometimes. Like I sai

Bilateral arm pain I have been experiiencing pain in both arms at different times for the last few weeks. The pain is either achey or sharp and shoots down my arm (left arm). My right arm feels like it has a blood pressure cuff on it sometimes. Like I sai

Radiculopathy: Radiating arm pain and a feeling of tightness are common symptoms of radiculpathy... Stemming from compression on the nerve root (s) in your neck. It can be due to a disc bulge- or herniation, slight instability or deformity or bone-spur formation and arthritis... Physical therapy with cervical traction can help, including exercises and anti-inflammaroties. Try that for few weeks to see how it goes. ...Read more

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Blood pressure in right arm was: 142/80 and blood pressure in left 128/78. Is this normal?

Blood pressure in right arm was: 142/80 and blood pressure in left 128/78. Is this normal?

C below: You are 19 but... People with an arm-to-arm difference of 15 points or more are twice as likely to have peripheral artery disease—essentially cholesterol-clogged arteries in the arms, legs, or other non-heart parts of the body.
In your case Mild coarctation could also be present ...Read more

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What could be causing my blood pressure to read 15- 20 points different systolic betwween my right and left arm?

What could be causing my blood pressure to read 15- 20 points different systolic betwween my right and left arm?

Could be a: Blockage in the artery in the arm with lower reading. If you have symptoms of weakness in lower reading arm get evaluated. ...Read more

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Does it matter if I use my right arm for blood pressure measurements? Last three measurements: 110/87, 118/85, 121/86.

Family practice: It shouldn't matter which arm is used for the BP reading. However if there is a significant difference in readings there may be a problem. ...Read more

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What causes a 20 point difference in blood pressure from arm to arm? This has been consistent for years. 140/80 to 120/80?

What causes a 20 point difference in blood pressure from arm to arm? This has been consistent for years. 140/80 to 120/80?

Subclavian stenosis: 10 to 15 point difference is normal but if it is higher than that then start looking for cause such as narrowing of arteries in chest cavity like subclavian, brachiocephalic etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between taking ur blood pressure in ur upper left arm and lower left arm and is it higher or lower than the reading?

What is the difference between taking ur blood pressure in ur upper left arm and lower left arm and is it higher or lower than the reading?

No difference: In the absence of any constricting lesion (s) below the elbows affecting the arterial blood flow downstream, their should not be any difference in the BP readings if appropriate cuff sizes are used. ...Read more

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Does it matter what arm you have blood pressure taken?

Does it matter what arm you have blood pressure taken?

Most of the time it: Doesn't. If there is a small difference in pressure between the arms - that is ok. However, if there a consistent difference of 10 or > mm of HG for systolic blood pressure (the upper / higher numbmer) or the diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) that could be related to vascular problems. ...Read more

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Why do I have pain in my arm when having my blood pressure taken?

Why do I have pain in my arm when having my blood pressure taken?

Occluded blood flow.: The discomfort is attributable to the fact that the blood pressure cuff is inflated to a pressure which actually occludes ones arterial blood flow to the arm; this can be very uncomfortable and should be taken into consideration by the one taking another's blood pressure. The time of occlusion should be very transient, perhaps only a very few seconds. ...Read more