Rated 5.0/5 based on 13 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: If Blood Pressure Cuff Is Too Small

Share
Dr. Dora Chizea
Board Certified, Anti-Aging Medicine
43 years in practice
143K people helped
1

1
If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause inaccurate reading? Would reading be too high ?

Dr. Dora Chizea
Board Certified, Anti-Aging Medicine
43 years in practice
143K people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Continue
Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
63M people helped
2

2
If a blood pressure cuff is too small will it cause blood clots?

Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
63M people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Continue
Dr. Georgia Latham
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
1M people helped
3

3
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.

Dr. Georgia Latham
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
1M people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
54 years in practice
3M people helped
4

4
Left arm from elbow to hand feels like its being squeezed. Like a blood pressure cuff is on it. Comes and goes. What could this be?

Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
54 years in practice
3M people helped
Left arm from elbow to hand feels like its being squeezed. Like a blood pressure cuff is on it. Comes and goes. What could this be?

Sounds like: a form of CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY ..a "pinched" nerve in your neck at C6-C7 level. Just a "thought" Hope it helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
47 years in practice
107K people helped
5

5
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

Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
47 years in practice
107K people helped
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 more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
50 years in practice
1M people helped
6

6
How does the blood pressure cuff measure blood pressure?

Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
50 years in practice
1M people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. William Haynes
Board Certified, Endocrinology
32 years in practice
485K people helped
7

7
What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

Dr. William Haynes
Board Certified, Endocrinology
32 years in practice
485K people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Mary Callahan
Board Certified, Cardiology
24 years in practice
895K people helped
8

8
What is the proper position for a blood pressure cuff?

Dr. Mary Callahan
Board Certified, Cardiology
24 years in practice
895K people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
2M people helped
9

9
What does it mean if an automatic blood pressure cuff will not register your blood pressure?

Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
2M people helped
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
19M people helped
10

10
Can holding your breath or tensing up as the blood pressure cuff tightens make your reading higher than normal?

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
19M people helped
Can holding your breath or tensing up as the blood pressure cuff tightens make your reading higher than normal?

Yes: Strong emotions and tightening up or tensing your muscles can increase arteriolar resistance leading to increase in blood pressure ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›

Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified,
37 years in practice
878K people helped
Continue
85,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook