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Description:This image depicts a female clinician in the process of conducting a blood pressure examination upon a seated male patient in a clinical setting. The healthcare provider was using a sphygmomanometer, consisting of a pressurized cuff encircling the patient’s right upper arm, and a monitor indicating changes in pressure within the cuff, as well as a stethoscope in order to listen for, and record the sounds indicative of the high (systolic), and low (diastolic) pressure values used to measure a patient’s blood pressure.

Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless. A doctor or health professional wraps an inflatable cuff with a pressure gauge around your arm to squeeze the blood vessels. Then he or she listens to your pulse with a stethoscope while releasing air from the cuff and watching the gauge. The gauge measures blood pressure in millimeters of mercury, which is abbreviated as mmHg.

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first (systolic) number represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The second (diastolic) number represents the pressure in your vessels when your heart rests between beats. If the measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say "120 over 80" or write "120/80 mmHg."

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
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  • CDC - Nat. Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Div. for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: High Blood Pressure
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    MeSH
    tree picture Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
    tree picture tree picture Diagnosis
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure Determination
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Monitoring, Physiologic
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Monitoring, Ambulatory
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Physical Examination
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure Determination
    tree picture tree picture Equipment and Supplies
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Diagnostic Equipment
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Sphygmomanometers
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure Monitors
    tree picture Biological Sciences
    tree picture tree picture Circulatory and Respiratory Physiology
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Cardiovascular Physiology
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Cardiovascular Physiologic Phenomena
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Hemodynamic Phenomena
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Blood Pressure
    tree picture Persons
    tree picture tree picture Persons
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Caregivers
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Occupational Groups
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Health Personnel
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Allied Health Personnel
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Nurses' Aides
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Nurses
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Nurses, Male
    Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.
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