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What are Sphygmomanometers (Blood Pressure Monitors)?

“Sphygmomanometer” is the technical term for a blood pressure monitor. As you would expect, a blood pressure monitor can help indicate if you have higher - or lower - than normal blood pressure, allowing you to take steps to find a remedy. Blood pressure monitors have been around for decades and are one of the more common medical devices found in homes. They could more accurately be called “pulse monitors,” though they do not measure pulse pressure directly, but rather process pressure measurements taken during a measurement cycle.

Types of Blood Pressure Monitors

There are two types of blood pressure monitors: aneroid and digital. Aneroid kits utilize a blood pressure cuff that's inflated by squeezing a rubber bulb, a dial gauge, and a stethoscope, just like you’ve probably seen at the doctor’s office.

A digital blood pressure monitor utilizes wireless technology. Some are designed to use a wrist blood pressure monitor, but most take readings with an upper arm cuff. Readings are digitally recorded, so you can easily see any trends or patterns over time, and can share results with your doctor.

Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating more fruits and vegetables never hurts, and neither does getting some aerobic activity regularly. Plus, many people find the regular use of a massager to be a soothing and helpful, stress-relieving tool.

Additionally, listening to music every day, combined with slow abdominal breathing, may be beneficial for stress relief, so headphones might be a good idea.

Many people make use of a blood pressure machine as part of a health regimen that includes an activity tracker or other wearable technology used for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, heartbeat and quality of sleep. Since both work in combination with your smartphone, keeping your historical health and fitness record is easy.