What Is Blood Pressure?

Normally, hypertensive patients have a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher on at least two separate occasions. However, even in healthy people, blood pressure fluctuates depending on the time of day and the activities they’ve been performing, so assessing hypertension requires several …

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How To Measure Blood Pressure?

You can measure a patient’s blood pressure directly or indirectly. To measure it directly, you’ll need an arterial catheter attached to a pressure measuring monitor. To measure it indirectly, you’ll need a blood pressure cuff, a stethoscope, and a sphygmomanometer, such as a mercury gravity or aneroid type. When performed correctly, indirect measurements are within …

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