With the percentage of obesity rising and representing 1/3 of the American public
you would think that finding large blood pressure cuffs in you local pharmacy would be easy.
BMI(body mass index) provides a number that can identify weight issues.
Obesity is measured by BMI(body mass index) in those having a BMI greater than 25.
A healthy BMI is 18-25.
It is calculated by using measurements of height and weight.2
There is a known relationship between obesity and hyptertension.
We are encouraging our patients to be self advocates and informed consumers
yet there is difficulty finding affordable cuffs that will fit on the larger size arm circumference.
Using standard size cuffs will provide inaccurate readings on a larger adult.
Below are the references measured in inches and centimeters when deciding on a cuff that will fit.
Regular Adult cuff Large Adult cuff Extra Large sometimes called thigh cuff
23-40cm 34-50cm 40-60cm
9-16in 11-20inch 16-26 inch
For the few pharmacies that carry a large cuff they are electronic and mostly unaffordable for the general public.
Carrying affordable large cuffs should be standard in all drug stores that carry anti hypertensive medications.
Until then consumers are encouraged to follow up with their doctor or visiting nurse and can use the lobby bp machines provided they are calibrated.