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Pseudohypertension

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Pseudohypertension

  • Definition
  1. Severe arteriosclerosis interferes with accurate Blood Pressure measurement
  • Pathophysiology
  1. Arteries affected by severe arteriosclerosis do not compress normally with a Blood Pressure cuff
  • Epidemiology
  1. Common cause of high Blood Pressure readings in older patients
  • Symptoms
  1. Dizziness or weakness follows taking prescribed antihypertensives
  • Signs
  1. Resistant Hypertension
  2. Radial artery pulse is palpable despite an upper arm inflated cuff occluding the brachial artery