If you have ever wondered how to check blood pressure with your hand, you might be wondering if there is even a reliable way to do it at all. Many people have the misconception that they have to have some type of fancy monitor (this link) in order to accurately check it. To a certain extent, this is true. However, it is also true that you can indeed check blood pressure by hand if you need to. There are actually two different ways to do it, although many would highly recommend that the only people who use either method be medical professionals. Otherwise, it is typically recommended that you stick with an automated system that walks you through the entire process and then automatically takes a reading so that you don’t have to worry about getting the numbers on your own.
Getting a Reading by Hand
As previously mentioned, there are two different ways to get an accurate blood pressure reading by hand. The first is to use a manual blood pressure cuff that provides detailed readings about a person’s blood pressure, allowing you to get both the top and bottom numbers. Medical professionals will refer to these numbers as diastolic and systolic. In order to get the reading, you apply the cuff correctly and then either use a stethoscope to listen for a pulse or watch the needle bounce, see bpmonitor advisor. When the needle starts to move, you have found the top number and when it stops moving, you can use that as the bottom number. If you are in a situation where you don’t have any kind of cuff to use and you are a medical professional, you might make the decision to simply palpate, or feel, for an individual’s blood pressure. If you can feel a pulse at the wrist, you can rest assured that the individual has a pressure that is good enough that they are moving blood throughout the body. However, it is impossible to tell how high it might actually be.
When it is all said and done, it is important to remember that unless you have training in this matter, you really should get an automatic blood pressure monitor and follow the directions to the letter. Otherwise, you might be missing important information or using the wrong technique and this could have a dramatic impact on the reading that you get.