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Congratulations! You deserve a medical degree more than your doctor does!
She is 100% misinformed!
Summarizing from an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine Jan 6, 2004:
Blood pressure readings taken on arms parallel to the body (i.e. fixed or hanging at patient's side) are up to 10 percent higher than readings taken when arm is perpendicular to the body..[1.e. when the arm is in front of the patient, elbow flexed at heart level at a 90 degree angle.]
In one study researchers measured blood pressure in 100 emergency room patients, ages 18 to 88, who were being seen for a symptom that wasnít associated with cardiovascular instability. The patients' blood pressures were measured six times using perpendicular and parallel arm positions while laying, sitting and standing. They found that in the number of seated patients classified with high blood pressure, 22 percent had the arm perpendicular and 41 percent had the arm parallel to the body.....
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