Man having blood pressure taken by hospital nurse

Man having blood pressure taken by hospital nurse

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Caption: Blood pressure measurement. Man having his blood pressure measured by a hospital nurse. The instrument used is a sphygmomanometer. A cuff is inflated around the upper arm to stop blood flow in the main artery. The nurse detects blood flow with a stethoscope. The cuff is then slowly deflated: first to record systolic pressure of the pumping heart; then to record diastolic pressure of the relaxed heart between pumps. Blood pressure is expressed as a difference between these two measurements, in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). Although blood pressure varies over the day, it is an important measure of bodily health.

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Keywords: apparatus, blood equipment, blood pressure, blood pressure measurement, bp measure, healthcare, in man, medical, medicine, nurse examining blood pressure, on man, sphygmomanometer

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