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If Blood Pressure Cuff Is Too Small
If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
My 85 yr old grandma's blood pressure cuff has been displaying a blinking icon indicating an irregular heart rhythm. Could this be an emergency?
Does flexing during a blood pressure check increase blood pressure? I think either my arm is too big or my cuff is small.
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
Usually not: But this is variable.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would it be possible that a small amount of salt consumed every other day increase blood pressure?
Salt: We recommend to hold to 3gm salt a day. ...Read more
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
Get evaluated: High blood pressure can be situational, i.e., present under stressful circumstances, but otherwise ok. It may also be persistent, & of variable severity. There may be mitigating circumstances that can worsen the BP & reduce the BP if controlled. The point is that there are many variables impacting your BP & it is prudent to talk to your doctor to sort out causes and treatment options, if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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