7 common mistakes when taking blood pressure

A 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.

dos and donts

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