7 common mistakes when taking blood pressure
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.
The American Heart Association has identified the following mistakes — all of which can lead to an artificially high reading:
- Having a full bladder can add 10-15 points to the reading.
- Slouching, unsupported back/feet can increase reading by 6-10 points.
- An unsupported arm may lead to a 10