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

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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