How to Take Blood Pressure in Obese Patients

Measuring blood pressure in obese patients presents several challenges. These challenges include choosing the appropriate size cuff, and choosing the correct technique for measuring blood pressure in obese patients. Different techniques have been developed and there is no strong evidence for any one technique. In this article, we will discuss some of the methods used in measuring blood pressure in obese patients. We will also cover the effects of excess weight gain on blood pressure.

Measuring blood pressure in obese patients

Measuring blood pressure in obese patients has a number of challenges. First of all, obese patients’ arm circumferences and arm lengths may make it difficult to accurately measure their blood pressure in the supine position. Second, the pressure measured in obese patients’ arm is higher than in normal-weight people, which may increase the risk for the development of hypertension. In addition, there are different needs for measuring blood pressure in obese children and adults, which may require specific adjustments.

The problem of measuring blood pressure in obese patients may be exacerbated by the fact that the arm circumference of the obese patient is larger. Consequently, a larger pressure is required to compress the soft tissue in obese patients. These limitations may also result in spuriously high values or a negative gradient between indirect and true blood pressure. Measuring blood pressure in obese patients is important to ensure proper treatment of patients with hypertension.


In a recent study, researchers compared two methods of taking blood pressure in obese patients. They compared the accuracy of forearm blood pressure measurements with intra-arterial blood pressure measurements. The researchers also investigated the difference in the magnitude of differences between the two methods when patients are in a supine position. They concluded that the results of the forearm measurements were comparable to those of the intra-arterial measurements.

The results showed that the methods of determining the intra-arterial blood pressure of severely obese subjects were indistinguishable. The ranges for the four positions of supine, semi-fowler, forearm downward, and upper arm overhead were within a 1% margin of error. These results indicate that the measurements were unreliable and that past studies have probably overestimated the prevalence of hypertension in obese patients.

Cuff size

Most clinics have a standard blood pressure cuff, which may not be suitable for obese patients. This is because the conical shape of the arms is more difficult to fit into a standard cuff. If the arm circumference is greater than 45 cm, the cuff size may be too large for the patient to fit properly. In addition, some clinics do not have extra-large cuffs.

One way to avoid the fatphobia problem is to use a cuff that fits the size of the arm circumference. The American Heart Association recommends cuffs 75 percent to 100 percent of the arm circumference, so that they are snug. This means that an arm circumference of 27 to 34 inches could be measured by a “regular” cuff, but it would give inaccurate readings.

Effects of excess weight gain on BP

A study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Researcher 2014 Scientific Sessions demonstrates the link between obesity and hypertension. It found that abdominal obesity is associated with a greater risk of high blood pressure compared to people with no excess weight. The study also showed that even small increases in weight around the waist increased the risk of hypertension by 28% and 34%, respectively. This study suggests that it is important to monitor body weight to monitor blood pressure.

The study participants were invited for a follow-up examination 12 weeks after the dietary counseling. However, the majority did not lose weight in the study. During this time, all study participants ate a mixed diet based on their energy needs and were assessed again. This stabilization period minimizes the theoretical effects of the diet on the test day. The study was designed to be as representative as possible of the population.

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