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Cuff under pressure for greater accuracy


Picone, DS and Schultz, MG and Hughes, AD and Sharman, JE, Cuff under pressure for greater accuracy, Current Hypertension Reports, 22, (93) ISSN 1522-6417 (2020) [Substantial Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11906-020-01103-8


Purpose of review: To present the evidence that describes what is being measured by upper-arm cuff blood pressure (BP) and the level of accuracy compared with invasive central aortic and brachial BP. Potential causes of inaccuracy and emerging methods are also discussed.

Recent findings: On average cuff systolic BP systematically underestimates invasive brachial systolic BP, although in a given individual it may substantially under- or over-estimate central aortic systolic BP. Such errors may affect individual health management outcomes and distort population level data on hypertension prevalence and control. Oscillometric cuff BP is particularly susceptible to inaccuracy in people with high arterial stiffness and with pathophysiological BP waveform shapes. Emerging cuff-less BP methods will be susceptible to inaccuracy if oscillometric cuff BP is used for calibration. The original purpose of cuff BP was to estimate central aortic BP. Recent evidence has shown substantial inaccuracy of oscillometric cuff BP exists for the measurement of invasive central aortic and brachial BP. Thus, development of more accurate BP methods, through better understanding of oscillometric and BP waveform morphology, is needed to improve health outcomes related to high BP.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:Aortic blood pressure, BP, BP management, blood pressure cuff, brachial blood pressure, hypertension
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Picone, DS (Dr Dean Picone)
UTAS Author:Schultz, MG (Dr Martin Schultz)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:150420
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-06-14
Last Modified:2022-06-14

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