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Is it okay to use upper arm blood pressure monitor on lower arm?

Is it okay to use upper arm blood pressure monitor on lower arm?

Blood pressure: The usual method is with a cuff over the upper arm and the stethoscope located over the brachial artery at the elbow end of the biceps muscle. It is possible to record a less accurate blood pressure in the wrist with the cuff on the forearm. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Can using an upper arm blood pressure monitor sleeve on your lower arm affect the result ?

Can using an upper arm blood pressure monitor sleeve on your lower arm affect the result ?

Blood pressure: The usual method is with a cuff over the upper arm and the stethoscope located over the brachial artery at the elbow end of the biceps muscle. It is possible to record a less accurate blood pressure in the wrist with the cuff on the forearm. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why is it important to take the blood pressure of both arms?

See details: A significant difference in the readings can indication certain types of vascular disease. ...Read more

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Is it abnormal for the blood pressure to be different in both arms?

Is it abnormal for the blood pressure to be different in both arms?

Yes and no: It's normal for the pressures to vary by as much as 10 points. If it's more than that averaged on multiple measurements, you've either made inaccurate measurements or there's a blockage in one of your subclavian arteries. ...Read more

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When taking blood pressure at home on a wrist monitor how should you put your arm?

When taking blood pressure at home on a wrist monitor how should you put your arm?

Confirm accuracy: First i tell all my pts to bring new home BP cuffs to the office and verify that our readings on a manual cuff correlate. Then teach them how to use it . Left wrist with pt sitting and arm extended and resting on a table. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is different in each arm .My left arm is normal and my right arm is high.Whats wrong with me?

My blood pressure is different in each arm .My left arm is normal and my right arm is high.Whats wrong with me?

Right arm is correct: I suspect you have a narrowing or blockage of the left subclavian artery, resulting in a lower "normal" blood pressure reading there. In reality, this blood pressure is inaccurate and your true blood pressure is being recorded in your right arm. A less likely explanation would be a severe hardening of the right brachial artery. If you can't feel a pulse at the left wrist , you have a blockage. ...Read more

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In the morning blood pressure is 123 74 left arm and my right arm is 112 72 is that normal have different numbers?

In the morning blood pressure is 123 74 left arm and my right arm is 112 72 is that normal have different numbers?

BP: Some variation between the sides when non simultaneous readings are taken is expected, persistent >10 mm Hg on SIMULTANEOUS measurements will need formal assessment by a professional ...Read more

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Should your blood pressure be checked when arm is elevated with your heart? Also, which arm should I use to check?

Should your blood pressure be checked when arm is elevated with your heart? Also, which arm should I use to check?

Blood pressure : Ideally blood pressure should be checked with the patient in a seated position with their arm even with their chest area. Usually the left arm is checked. ...Read more