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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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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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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

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

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

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

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How accurate is using an adult blood pressure cuff on a very thin 12 year old?

How accurate is using an adult blood pressure cuff on a very thin 12 year old?

Accurate for most: It is accurate for most normal weight and height 12 years olds. ...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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Are there any safety precautions when using a blood pressure cuff at home?

Are there any safety precautions when using a blood pressure cuff at home?

Home BP: Taking blood pressure at home is easy and should be done before or several hours after meals. You should sit quietly and be comfortably. Also relax your arm while the cuff is inflated. ...Read more

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