The Effect Of Sphygmomanometer On Blood Pressure Essay

956 Words Apr 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The sphygmomanometer is used to read our blood pressure. Many of us are aware of this medical machine because we get our blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office. This is important to us because it can let us know of any heart complications such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, or kidney disease. All of these are preventable if caught in time with a doctor’s supervision and medication.

Although many of us have seen this device there is a process to using this medical machine because there are different parts to this machine. For example there is an inflatable cuff, and along with the cuff there is a bladder. There is also a release valve, a manometer, and a bulb. Aside from these instruments we also need a stethoscope. In order to read our blood pressure we must place the cuff at the top of the elbow. This is important part because that is where our brachial vein is. Through that vein is how we read the blood pressure because it is at the same level as your heart. Once the cuff is placed we inflate it which causes the artery to restrict. During this time is the peak pressure of our arteries which is called the systolic pressure. We then use the stethoscope to listen to the blood flow, as the pressure drops it is the diastolic pressure.
How is this invention possible? Well in the 1600’s Dr.Willim Harvey started research on the circulatory system, and this started a research on blood pressure. His work is still used today. Yet in 1733 Reverend Stephen…

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