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how do you measure blood pressure?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Blood pressure: Cuff around arm listening at elbow with person sitting comfortably with arm at heart level. Automatic cuffs are available with readings made two to three times in a row as ideal. High blood pressure is greater than 140/90.
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
With a Sphygmo: So you take a device called a sphygmomenometer and inflate the cuff while listening to the blood flow just below the cuff. When you hear no sounds at all, that's enough. Now deflate the cuff slowly until you hear a whooshing sound (a karotkoff sound); that's the top number (systolic pressure). Keep deflating until the sounds go away again; that's the bottom number (diastolic pressure).

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is blood pressure a measure of?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
See below: It is the pressure within your arteries when the heart contracts (systolic) and when it relaxes (diastolic).
A 36-year-old member asked:

How should you measure systolic blood pressure?

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Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 22 years experience
First sound : The best way to meausre BP is to use a manual BP cuff. The systolic BP is the first sound heard via a stethescope as you slowly release pressure on the occluded vessel.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the device that measures blood pressure?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Syphgmomanometer: Syphgmomanometer is the actual name but most people just call it "a blood pressure cuff".
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can you do to measure blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Check this site: The american heart association has a very helpful website on monitoring blood pressure: http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/highbloodpressure/symptomsdiagnosismonitoringofhighbloodpressure/how-to-monitor-and-record-your-blood-pressure_ucm_303323_article.Jsp please let me know if i can help further.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

Why must measure blood pressure befor give intravenous hydrocortison?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
?: Hydrocortisone may raise the BP a little. All other things being equal, it won't have a huge effect on BP and there's not generally any need to measure it before giving the drug unless the person at risk is recovering from a hypertensive crisis?

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