The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults

J. M. Sprafka, D. Strickland, Orlando W Gomez-Marin, R. J. Prineas

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We measured blood pressure differences by cuff size in 181 adults aged 25 to 74 years, allocated to a random sequence that involved the measurement of blood pressure using a small cuff, a large cuff, and an appropriate cuff as determined by standardized arm circumference measurement. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were underestimated by 3-5 mm Hg in men and 1-3 mm Hg in women when the cuff was one size larger than appropriate. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were overestimated by 2-6 mm Hg in men and 3-4 mm Hg in women when the cuff was one size smaller than appropriate. In addition, 30-40% of subjects were ''misclassified'' when blood pressure cutpoints were used to define hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-217
Number of pages4
JournalEpidemiology
Volume2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Sprafka, J. M., Strickland, D., Gomez-Marin, O. W., & Prineas, R. J. (1991). The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults. Epidemiology, 2(3), 214-217.

The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults. / Sprafka, J. M.; Strickland, D.; Gomez-Marin, Orlando W; Prineas, R. J.

In: Epidemiology, Vol. 2, No. 3, 01.01.1991, p. 214-217.

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Sprafka, JM, Strickland, D, Gomez-Marin, OW & Prineas, RJ 1991, 'The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults', Epidemiology, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 214-217.
Sprafka JM, Strickland D, Gomez-Marin OW, Prineas RJ. The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults. Epidemiology. 1991 Jan 1;2(3):214-217.
Sprafka, J. M. ; Strickland, D. ; Gomez-Marin, Orlando W ; Prineas, R. J. / The effect of cuff size on blood pressure measurement in adults. In: Epidemiology. 1991 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 214-217.
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