What is pseudohypertension?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Pseudohypertension in an overestimation of intra-arterial pressure by cuff blood pressure (BP) measurement. This may be observed in elderly individuals who have thickened, calcified arteries, as the cuff has relatively more difficulty compressing such arteries; much higher cuff pressure may be required to occlude a thickened brachial artery. The diastolic BP may also be overestimated.


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