BSIP, MENDIL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BSIP, MENDIL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Blood pressure measurement. Elderly woman having her blood pressure measured as part of a check-up by a general practice doctor. The black cuff on her arm is inflated until it stops blood flow, and then released. The reading on the dial at centre gives first her systolic pressure and then her diastolic pressure as the normal blood flow resumes. Blood pressure is an important measure of cardiac fitness and all-round health.
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