Measuring Blood Pressure Why Blood Pressure? Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement is the first step in treating hypertension or high blood pressure. 30% done inaccurately Primary factor in 68% of heart attacks and 75% of strokes.
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Measuring Blood Pressure
While taking a blood pressure, the first sound heard through the stethoscope is at 150 mmHg and sounds are heard from “150” until the last sound is heard at 78 mmHg. What is the patient’s blood pressure?
When performing the Auscultatory-Palpatory technique of blood pressure measurement, you feel the radial pulse disappear at 175 mmHg. What should you do next?
To avoid incorrectly assessing the systolic blood pressure due to the auscultatory gap, the auscultatory-palpatory technique of blood pressure measurement should always be used.
A high diastolic blood pressure indicates a greater risk for complications (in most people, especially those over age 55) than a high systolic blood pressure.
Utah Department of Health
Heart Disease and
Stroke Prevention Program