Measuring Blood Pressure

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A sphygmomanometer is a traditional device used to measure blood pressure. It consists of an inflatable cuff that is wrapped around the upper arm, and a manometer or gauge that measures pressure. When the cuff is inflated the blood flow through the upper arm is stopped. As the pressure in the cuff is released the blood starts to flow through the artery. This flow of blood can be heard using a stethoscope positioned on the artery below the


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