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Description:In order for a healthcare provider to measure a patient’s blood pressure a sphygmomanometer will be used. Pictured here, this device consists of a pressurized cuff that encircles the patient’s upper arm, and a monitor, which indicates changes in pressure within the cuff.
Using a stethoscope in order to listen for, and record the sounds indicative of the high (systolic), and low (diastolic) pressure values that are used to measure a patient’s blood pressure, the clinician will place the sound-sensitive end against the crook of the arm, just distal to the cuff. Much like a tourniquet, as pressure is released from the cuff, blood begins to once again flow through the arm’s arteries, creating turbulent sounds, and at the moment one hears the sounds, the readings on the gauge are recorded.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Debora Cartagena
Creation Date:2012
Photo Credit:Debora Cartagena
Links:CDC - Nat. Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Div. for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: High Blood Pressure
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