Checking Blood Pressure Overview
by Joseph Millband
Having the correct blood pressure monitor is only half the story. Best blood pressure monitors are those that have been clinically tested and calibrated by leading hypertension institutions such as the British Hypertension Society (BHS) or the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Good blood pressure brands that one can consider buying will include Panasonic, Omron, Relion, Lifesource amongst many others. As important as having the correct blood pressure brand is the ability to correctly and skilfully check blood pressure using these blood pressure machines.
Checking blood pressure at home will become a breeze the more it is repeatedly done correctly following the instructions delivered together with your new blood pressure monitor. The reasons for being skillful at taking blood pressure measurements is to ensure that you get reliable readings. Reliable readings lead to correct hypertension treatment and interventions. Incorrect medical interventions as far as high blood pressure is concerned will possibly lead to resistant hypertension.
To achieve these reliable readings when checking blood pressure take note of the following;
Checking Blood Pressure Manually
Manual blood pressure checking is performed by a manual blood pressure monitor. Some individuals prefer these types of blood pressure monitors. Manual blood pressure monitors consist of a rubber bulb for cuff inflation, a gauge to show the readings and stethoscope to listen with. An important tip to always remember is that your manual monitor unit is properly calibrated when the needle in the gauge is resting on zero when delivered or rests at zero when not in use.
When checking blood pressure manually, the cuff is inflated manually by squeezing the rubber bulb. The cuff should not be inflated above 280mmHg. This may cause damage to the instrument or injury to the user such as bruised arm. As the cuff is deflating, use your stethoscope to listen for your pulse rate. The first sound is the systolic reading and the last sound is the diastolic reading.
Should you make a mistake whilst manually checking your blood pressure do not re-inflate the cuff. Release all the air and start again after about a minute or two giving engorged blood vessels an opportunity to return to normal.
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