Question about post CVA and blood pressure - page 2

Ok, this may be a stupid question, but I had a patient the other day that was post CVA and had right sided weakness. The patient's family member started freaking out when the CNA started to take a... Read More

  1. by   ProBeeRN
    I've had patients tell me that their BP isn't accurate on their effected side. As for blood draws, sometimes edema may make it more difficult to get a stick? So maybe more of a convenience issue rather than an actual contraindication. If they do have a fistula on their good side, then you gotta do it somewhere!
  2. by   mad-mary
    Quote from Spacklehead
    I believe using the affected extremity can lead to falsely elevated readings. It is best to take the BP using the unaffected side.
    When admitting a new patient to the unit, I take a blood pressure in each arm. If both pressures are close then it probably would not matter which arm is used. Does anyone else have a better way?
  3. by   leslie :-D
    i would 'think' circulation would be impaired on the affected side, thus, not getting an accurate reading.

  4. by   irishwannabe
    My teacher told me that by taking a blood pressure on the affected side the CVA could rupture again. I hope this helps.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from irishwannabe
    My teacher told me that by taking a blood pressure on the affected side the CVA could rupture again. I hope this helps.
    That is absolutely crazy, and I think you must have misunderstood her.

    There is no reason why arterial flow should be affected on the neurologically-affected side. Effects of CVA do not include peripheral vasoconstriction or vasodilation, and even if there was something vasoactive going on it wouldn't affect ONE arm.

    Many people have different pressures on different arms. BP also fluctuates by the minute or even within seconds, with fear, agitation, apprehension, and respiration, so unless you have two people taking the BP simultaneously on both arms it's meaningless to say one is higher than the other when taken sequentially.

    Serial BP measurements are trends, not absolutes. Take each pt's BP on the same arm every time.

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    Last edit by nurseprnRN on Mar 8, '13