What is pseudohypertension?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Occasionally someone with normal blood pressure might get diagnosed with high blood pressure. This is called pseudohypertension and it can happen if a person has particularly rigid arteries. That's because the arm cuff on the sphygmomanometer isn't able to compress the rigid artery and the instrument ends up giving a false reading. If it's necessary a catheter can be used to get a more accurate blood pressure reading.

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