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Blood Pressure Monitoring
Ask anyone with lipedema, and they will tell you that getting their blood pressure taken is the worst.
It is recommended that lymphedema patients avoid this, and those ladies with lipo-lymphedema are no exception.
Wrist blood pressure monitors are extremely sensitive to body position. To get an accurate reading when measuring blood pressure with a wrist monitor, the arm and wrist must be at heart level. Even then, blood pressure measurements taken at the wrist are usually higher and less accurate than those taken at the upper arm, as arteries at the wrist are narrower and not as deep under the skin as those of the upper arm.
How do we get accurate readings?
- Be still when taking your pressure.
- Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure.
- Empty your bladder and ensure at least 5 minutes of quiet rest before measurements.
- Sit with your back straight and supported, with your feet flat on the floor. Do not cross your legs.
- Support your arm on a flat surface. Hold your wrist at heart height.
- Measure at the same time every day.
- Take multiple readings one minute apart and record the results.
Omron offers a cuff which fits a wrist circumference from 5.3” to 8.5”.
Blood pressure monitoring via the wrist could prove to be very useful if proper technique is used and pressures are recorded daily to document trends.