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Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

BP at the Grocery: Blood pressure monitors need to be calibrated periodically, especially if they get a lot of use. They should be accurate. If you have a concern that it might not be, ask when it was last calibrated or have it checked manually. You could try checking it at more than one store and see if the readings are similar, too. If not, one of the machines is likely wrong. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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Regular sized cuffs for blood pressure monitors are not big enough for me. Can you recomend another size please?

Regular sized cuffs for blood pressure monitors are not big enough for me. Can you recomend another size please?

Many cuffs out there: Blood pressure cuffs come in a variety of sizes. It should say on the box what size adult can use it. You can contact their 1-800 # and ask them about different cuff sizes. They should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Have 2 blood pressure monitors. Been taking BP regularly for months. Both register pretty much same. When doc takes it it's always WAY higher. Confused!

Have 2 blood pressure monitors. Been taking BP regularly for months. Both register pretty much same. When doc takes it it's always WAY higher. Confused!

White coat htn: Is common and is NOT benign. Long term out comes of pts with whitecoat htn are not as good as pts with normal bp justifying the basis for medical treatment. Having said that. Its important to check your machine against docs machine and keep a home journal. Daily morning readings to use as basis for medical therapy if needed. Ambulatory home bp readings are standard of care nowadays. ...Read more

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Is there any issue and/or resolution needed for blood pressure variability (occasional spikes) when ones average bp monitored at home is 115/65?

Is there any issue and/or resolution needed for blood pressure variability (occasional spikes) when ones average bp monitored at home is 115/65?

BP: Blood pressure normally has ups and downs. An average bp of 115/65 is good. If some of the ups are more than 160mmHg, there might be some reason for concern. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is blood pressure the pressure in the blood or the pressure in the cuff?

I wanted to know is blood pressure the pressure in the blood or the pressure in the cuff?

Neither: It's pressure in the arteries - the cuff is an indirect measurement. (a direct measurement requires placing a gauge directly into the artery). ...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?

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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What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

What is the normal reading for blood pressure on a personal BP cuff?

Normal For You: An "average" blood pressure is 120/80 which means 120 mm mercury systolic (full heart pump) and 80 mm mercury diastolic (heart at rest between beats). Many other factors enter into the number which makes it higher or lower, but normal for you. Example: athletes BP is usually lower, the elderly have higher bp's but both are prefectly fine. Find what is normal for you. Extremes are bad. ...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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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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I'm wondering what effect does cuff size have on the accuracy of a blood pressure monitor?

Blood pressure: The blood pressure cuff compression of the arm is a mechanical phenomenon. If the cuff is too big or too small relative to the size of the arm the compression pressure generated does not accurately reflect intravascular 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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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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I have a wrist blood pressure monitor, is it as good as the cuff. I use it a lot but wonder how accurate it is. Tyvm?

I have a wrist blood pressure monitor, is it as good as the cuff. I use it a lot but wonder how accurate it is. Tyvm?

Cuff is better.: A properly applied and oriented arm BP cuff is more accurate than a wrist cuff. Arm cuff properly applied would be at the level of the heart, and the arm will be at rest in your lap or on a low table. ...Read more

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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

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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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How the size of arm cuff would affect the reading of blood pressure? I have a arm size 8.5 in. If I use the blood pressure monitor with arm cuff range 9-13 ins. How would the readings affect the accuracy? In other words, would the reading be over rated or

How the size of arm cuff would affect the reading of blood pressure? I have a arm size 8.5 in. If I use the blood pressure monitor with arm cuff range 9-13 ins. How would the readings affect the accuracy? In other words, would the reading be over rated or

Hi.: Hi. There can be an error in reading the blood pressure if the cuff is too large or too small. A blood pressure cuff that is too small can give a reading that is too high. A blood pressure cuff cuff that is too large can give a reading that is too low. ...Read more

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Blood pressure automatic cuff: heart races everytime I feel the pressure of the cuff. Tomorrow, MD visit. How do I handle this?

Exam: First- purchase a reliable BP cuff and pulse monitor.
Next, monitorbP and pulse 3x/day in a darken quiet room and keep a BP and pulse journal.
Trust your physician. ...Read more

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I work out and am physically fit with muscular arms. Would I still obtain an accurate blood pressure reading with an arm type monitor cuff?

Normal: There would be no problems with any arm type cuff. Muscle does not interfer with compression of the artery. If the size of the arm is very large, you might need a bigger cuff, but usually that is not needed. ...Read more