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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 more
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
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
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
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?
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?
See pcp: This should be checked as son as possible. ...Read more
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
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 more
I love having my blood pressure checked. I love the squeeze of the cuff on my arm is this stange?
Blood pressure: Some people say it painful if your okay with it great. ...Read more
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
How much over my normal blood pressure should I start the measurement from it's my pressure is normally 120 over 80 what should I pump up the cuff - to start to get a reading?
160: Start with 160 and take readingsGet a more detailed answer ›
Quick question. How do you quickly clean a blood pressure cuff? Would you use alcohol, chlorhexidine, or bleach?
See below: Blood pressure cuffs are listed as low-risk and non-critical items for disinfection. That said, recent research has found them to be key in the spread of MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant bacteria) and C-diff in hospitals. Alcohol and bleach-based disinfectant cleaning solutions have been most commonly used to clean BP cuffs. I see no reason why chlorhexidine could not be used as well. ...Read more
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
Blood pressure automatic cuff: heart races everytime I feel the pressure of the cuff. Tomorrow, MD visit. How do I handle this?
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
Could use your help docs! My doctor told me that I have low blood pressure but not to worry because I am skinny/small. True?
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
Yes: If you checked this pressure twice, once on each arm and this is the reading, then go to er asap. 110 diastolic at your age is hypertensive urgency/emergency. You could develop a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more
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