How to measure your blood pressure using a stethoscope

The human heart works like a pump; it pushes blood out via the arteries into the circulatory system.

Therefore the force at which the blood is pumped out of the heart is known as blood pressure. The normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg, the first number simply means the time it took the heart to contracts and pump blood and the second figure means the time taken for the heart to relax and refill. Both are called the systolic and diastolic blood pressure respectively.

The medical device used in measuring the blood pressure is called sphygmomanometer and this has two types, the manual and the digital.

The digital can be used without the help of any person as it works automatically and pops up your result on the LCD screen.

But doctors and physician choose manual blood pressure monitor over digital one because it has been used for years and it’s very accurate. You will need the help of an expert or a medically oriented person to help you check your blood pressure with this manual monitor.

The manual sphygmomanometer can’t be used without the device called stethoscope. This is used to hear the sound of your pulse to know exactly your systolic and diastolic pressure.

The stethoscope can also be used to detect the heart rate, bowel movement and the activities going on in the lungs.

How to measure your blood pressure using a stethoscope

You might find this a bit difficult to do on your own and this is why you need a medically oriented person to help you out and a quality stethoscope from the Stethoscope Lab.

However, if you decide on taking the readings yourself, there are something you must understand

Things you must not do before taking you reading

(1)    You must not take tea or coffee

(2)    You must not sit before a watch

(3)    You must not have your mobile phone with you

(4)    You must not have your kids around you

All the point listed above will affect the reading or the result of your blood pressure

Things you must do

(5)    You must empty your bowel 20 minutes before taking your reading

(6)    You must maintain a sitting position

(7)    You must be relaxed for about 10 minutes before taking the reading

(8)    The best time to take your reading is in the morning.

How to measure your blood pressure

(1)    Fold your sleeve and wrap the cuff around your arm covering the brachial arteries located above your elbow

(2)    Place the chest piece which is known as the head of the stethoscope below the cuff a little above the elbow

(3)    Inflate the cuff using the air bulb valve and the mercury on the stethoscope move up until you notice it can’t go further

(4)    Release the valve and allow the air to escape at a slow pace.

(5)    Pay attention to what you hear through the chest piece as the mercury drops and the first sound you hear is known as your systolic pressure while the second sound is known as your diastolic pressure.