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My monitor registers about 50points higher than a nurse's reading at the same time. How come? Can the monitor be adjusted? It also runs up to a very high pressure and VERY SLOWLY drops down 2 points at a time; meanwhile, the tight fit continues causing considerable pain in my arm.

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  • joywill Apr 02, 2011

    I feel I cannot accept this solution until I've had the chance to visit my doctor to compare cuff sizes. I will try to do this next week.

  • joywill Apr 05, 2011

    I cannot control the high amount of pressure generated by the pump. It is electronically administered and very tight, this tightness remains constant and does not diminish until the final reading is displayed.

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Blood Pressure cuffs come in all sizes just like people do. A "cuff" is the part of a blood pressure monitor that wraps around your bicep area which builds and then releases pressure during testing. A cuff size is not measure by how long it is. It is measured by the distance between your elbow and shoulder. A person with longer arms would need a bigger BP cuff than someone who is smaller.

So what happens if you take your blood pressure with a BP cuff that is too small for your size? Using a cuff that is too small for your size can cause your readings to be higher than what they really are.

A cuff that is unable to cover the bicep area correctly cannot provide an even distribution of pressure and it has to inflate higher in order to gauge a reading. If your monitor causes pain during inflation and seems slow in releasing the pressure then its probably too small for you.

The next time you go to your Doctors office take your monitor with you and compare the cuff size to the one used by the nurse. You might want to have her measure your arm and tell you what size you should buy in order to report more accurately. You can purchase a bigger cuff at any medical supply store. Some monitors have cuffs that are inter changeable, If your model is not one of those, then you may have to buy another machine in order to get accurate BP results.

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Most home blood pressure monitoring machines advise to pump up to 50 pts higher than your last reading. This will make the cuff much tighter than when you have it done in the doctor's office. I've found much better results only pumping the machine 30 pts higher than the diabolic number (the higher number). The cuff doesn't get as tight and as a result, you won't have the pain. It's the pain you feel while pumping to the high number that spikes the reading.

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    Greg Margossian Apr 05, 2011

    The monitor described in your question is the RTO Equaline Manual Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor, not an automatic. The answer provided was for a Manual monitor. The automatic monitors do in fact pump the pressure very high and will yield an artificially high reading due to the pain caused by the high pressure. This is where a larger cuff will be of some relief. When in a doctor's office, either the doctor or nurse's assistant, or nurse rarely pump the pressure nearly as high as the home monitors. Therefore, you won't feel the extreme tightness and get a better reading. Although the automatic monitors seem convenient on the surface, if you don't get accurate results, they provide little value.

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