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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

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

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