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BP Measurement in Atrial Fibrillation

Extract from NICE Hypertension Guideline Update CG127 2011:

“Because automated devices may not measure blood pressure accurately if there is pulse irregularity (for example, due to atrial fibrillation), palpate the radial or brachial pulse before measuring blood pressure. If pulse irregularity is present, measure blood pressure manually using direct auscultation over the brachial artery. [new 2011]”