How is blood pressure measured?

One of the most routine parts of any medical exam is blood pressure monitoring. Whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is simply visiting for a routine physical, his or her blood pressure reading provides vital information. A patient’s blood pressure is measured using a noninvasive test. This test involves of a blood pressure cuff, or sphygmomanometer, which has a small pressure gauge that contracts when the cuff is inflated. As this happens, a doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through an artery, measuring two different levels of pressure — systolic and diastolic.

Systolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. The systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.

Diastolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.

Medical Device depot has numerous blood pressure monitoring systems to choose from. From cuff kits to wall mounts, the variety of styles and accessories will help you keep your practice running smoothly. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring systems, including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report, provide an average reimbursement of $80. Just think of the boost your practice could get with such a routine device. Every patient who walks into the exam room has his or blood pressure measured; if you’re not getting reimbursed, your practice is losing money.

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