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If Blood Pressure Cuff Is Too Small
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Circulation prob? After blood pressure cuff is applied, my arm stays red/purple for 45 mins. When I scratch, redness stays on. Legs go purple standing
Vascular disease: Irritation of the vascular system by the cuff pressure, initially inducing vasoconstriction, and slow circulation, once the O2 has been extracted. The upper limb recovery varies, and is related at what is called Reynold's phenomenon., seen as repetitive trauma, Scratching induced skin redness may be related to vasoactive reflexes. the lower extremities, patient requires a full vascular assesment ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Can holding your breath or tensing up as the blood pressure cuff tightens make your reading higher than normal?
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