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Proper Technique for Blood Pressure Measurement

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Updated July 08, 2014

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Proper Technique Can Save Your Life
Home nurse taking woman's blood pressure
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Correct blood pressure measurements are essential to diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. Accordingly, a specific set of techniques and procedures have been developed which describe the proper method for obtaining the most accurate blood pressure readings possible. Because research has shown that medical professionals often do not completely follow these guidelines, it is important for the patient to be able to identify when proper protocol is not being followed.

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