Choice of Blood Pressure Cuff (Sphygmomanometer). As many as 50 million Americans have elevated blood pressure. To measure blood pressure accurately, you must carefully choose a cuff of appropriate size. The guidelines below will help you advise patients wishing to purchase blood pressure cuffs as well.
Cuffs that are too short or too narrow may give falsely high readings. Using a regular-size cuff on an obese arm may lead to a false diagnosis of hypertension.
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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...