BP Basics

Measuring Blood Pressure: Aneroid Monitor

Measuring blood pressure at home gives you the privilege of monitoring your blood pressure level at your own will. It can also help in your treatment, if you maintain daily records of the blood pressure readings. For all this, all you need to have is an aneroid monitor or a digital monitor.

The aneroid monitor is a device with the help of which, blood pressure is measured. It comes attached with a dial gauge and an in-built stethoscope. To measure blood pressure with this device, the rubber bulb is squeezed to inflate the cuff. Self operation of this device is possible. It is also not expensive.

Steps for using the aneroid monitor are as follows:

First of all, place the ear pieces of the stethoscope into your ears. Then, keep the stethoscope disk inside the crease of your elbow. Put the cuff on your left arm at the same height as your heart. Now, squeeze the rubber bulb to inflate the cuff. Keep inflating until you cross the systolic reading. At this point, the arteries are squeezed to the level of obstructing the flow of blood.

Now deflate the cuff slowly, while listening carefully through the stethoscope. As you deflate, blood will start flowing again with a 'swoosh' sound. The pressure recorded at this sound, is your systolic pressure.

Keep deflating the cuff and listening carefully. The point at which you can no longer hear your heartbeats is called your diastolic pressure.

Both the systolic and the diastolic readings together make up your blood pressure.

In spite of its usability, an aneroid meter is a bit puzzling or difficult to use. Getting used to listening to the 'swoosh' sound could take some time. And its rubber bulb is hard to press. In addition to this, it can get damaged easily and once damaged, it would no longer give accurate measurements.