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.