Harvard Heart Letter

Avoid these common blood pressure measuring mistakes

This checklist can help ensure accurate readings both at the doctorís office and at home. Blood pressure is a key indicator of cardiovascular health. So itís vitally important to make sure that you check yours regularly ó and accurately. But according to the American Heart Association (AHA), health care professionals donít always follow the proper techniques when measuring a personís blood pressure. The AHA cites seven common errors (detailed below) that can…

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