Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Large or extra-large blood pressure cuff

Using a properly sized cuff (the component that inflates and squeezes the upper arm) is crucial for obtaining an accurate blood pressure reading. According to research published in the November 2, 2022 issue of the American Journal of Hypertension, the majority of people now require a big or extra-large cuff due to the nation's escalating obesity statistics.

Adult cuff sizes are determined by the centimeter measurement of the mid-arm circumference (cm). Small (up to 26 cm), regular (more than 26 cm, up to 34 cm), big (more than 34 cm, up to 44 cm), and extra-large are some of the sizes available (more than 44 cm). A representative sample of more than 13,000 Americans' arms was measured for the report by researchers. The researchers discovered that 34% of women and 53% of men needed a big or extra-large cuff. 10% of women and 2% of men, respectively, required a tiny cuff.

Several home blood pressure monitors include adjustable cuffs that can be adjusted to fit arms with a circumference of 22 to 42 cm. To guarantee an accurate blood pressure reading, make sure the cuff you're using is the right size by measuring around your arm. 

Photo by MedPoint 24


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