AuthorsHogan, Jennifer L
Kennelly, Mairead M
Turner, Michael J
AffiliationCoombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland., Jennifer.Hogan@ucdconnect.ie
Blood Pressure Determination/*instrumentation
Body Mass Index
Predictive Value of Tests
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CitationHypertens Pregnancy. 2011;30(4):396-400. Epub 2010 Aug 20.
JournalHypertension in pregnancy : official journal of the International Society for the, Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
AbstractOBJECTIVE: The accurate measurement of blood pressure requires the use of a large cuff in subjects with a high mid-arm circumference (MAC). This prospective study examined the need for a large cuff during pregnancy and its correlation with maternal obesity. METHODS: Maternal body mass index (BMI), fat mass, and MAC were measured. RESULTS: Of 179 women studied, 15.6% were obese. With a BMI of level 1 obesity, 44% needed a large cuff and with a BMI of level 2 obesity 100% needed a large cuff. CONCLUSION: All women booking for antenatal care should have their MAC measured to avoid the overdiagnosis of pregnancy hypertension.