Wearing a long sleeve shirt when measuring blood pressure

Q: Can you get an accurate BP reading over a long sleeve shirt?

A: According to an article published in the Journal of Internal Medicine in June 1993 click here to read, there is no statistical difference in blood pressure taken over a sleeve versus that taken over a bare arm. The shirt must be loose and not constrict the arm. Rolling up a sleeve to bare the arm can cause constriction and lead to an inaccurate blood pressure reading.

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