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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...

Should ones arm be resting on surface or hold itself (elevated without support) at heart level while checking blood pressure?

Resting always. When you hold your arm up, you're performing muscular work /isometric exercise: this raises your BP! Your arm must be supported at heart level on a table or desk to obtain an accurate reading. (also: be sure you're at complete rest for 10 minutes and that the cuff is the right size for your arm's diameter). Thank you for asking - that's a great question! Read more...

When testing my blood pressure, how do I get my arm "at heart level" for standing, sitting, and laying down? My numbers can be falsely low or high.

It's easy. When standing hold your arm out in front of your body, not quite at 90 degrees, so that the blood pressure cuff the same distance from the floor as your heart. While sitting, resting your arm on the arm of a chair usually gets your arm in the right position. While laying down, lay on your back with your arm resting at your side. 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?

Don't ignore it. Any untreated irregular heart need urgent investigation and appropriate treatments , take her to her doctor for examination .Add note atrial fibrillation , could be converted or treated with medication , not the condition you have to buy defoliator , follow her md advise ; treatment. Read more...