Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

A sphygmomanometer consists of an inflatable cuff, a measuring unit (the mercury manometer, or aneroid gauge), and a mechanism for inflation which may be a manually operated bulb and valve or a pump operated electrically.

Some Tips Before You Start to Measure…

  • Make sure the Aneroid Sphygmomanometer cuff fits.
  • Measure around your upper arm and choose a monitor that comes with the correct size Aneroid Sphygmomanometer cuff.
  • Be still, try not to move during your measurement.
  • Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within the 30 minutes before measuring.
  • Sit correctly.
  • Take multiple readings
  • Measure at the same time daily.
  • Accurately record all your results.
  • Understand the readings.
    Optimal reading is less than 120/80 mm Hg (systolic pressure is 120 AND diastolic pressure is less than 80). Read Understanding Blood Pressure Readings to learn more about what the numbers mean.
  • Consult your healthcare professional if you get several high readings.