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What is the medical term for a machine that tells your blood pressure?
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In: Diabetes | 2017-07-26
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A sphygmomanometer or blood pressure meter is a device used to measure blood pressure, composed of an inflatable cuff to restrict blood flow, and a mercury or mechanical manometer to measure the pressure. It is always used in conjunction with a means to determine at what pressure blood flow is just starting, and at what pressure it is unimpeded. Manual sphygmomanometers are used in conjunction with a stethoscope.
The word comes from the Greek sphygmós (pulse), plus the scientific term manometer (pressure meter). The device was invented by Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch in 1881. Scipione Riva-Rocci introduced a more easily used version in 1896. In 1901, Harvey Cushing modernized the device and popularized it within the medical community.
A sphygmomanometer consists of an inflatable cuff, a measuring unit (the mercury manometer, or aneroid gauge), and inflation bulb and valve, for manual instruments.
Modern medical devices are also able to monitor your blood pressure, or they can also actually tell you your blood pressure (not just display it).
Doctors will use a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope to check blood pressure. But nowadays more people choose to have home digital blood pressure monitor to measure themselves.
The standard instrument that is used to measure blood pressure is a sphygmomanometer. This device consists of a rubber cuff that is attached to either a mercury column or a gauge to measure the patient’s systolic and diastolic pressure.