7 common mistakes when taking blood pressure

Full bladder and incorrect cuff technique inflate readings

Proper blood-pressure measurement may be the exception rather than the norm if an assessment of doctors' technique is anything to go by.
Only 10% of the clinicians tested at a Pittsburgh hypertension symposium made the grade.

dos and don'ts

The American Heart Association has identified the following mistakes — all of which can lead to an artificially high reading:

  1. Having a full bladder can