To test a patient’s blood pressure.docx

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To test a patient’s blood pressure, they must be supine, standing, or sitting, their arm should be flexed and the flexed elbow should be at the level of the heart. To begin you must use a properly sized pressure cuff, wrap around the upper arm, rapidly inflate the cuff to 1800mmHg then release the air at a moderate speed. With a stethoscope you must listen for the first knocking sound which is the systolic pressure and when the knocking sound disappears that is the diastolic pressure. When your blood pressure is abnormally high, you may have high blood pressure or hypertension which causes damaged and narrowed arteries and soon over time, it may cause an aneurysm and heart failure, having high blood pressure can do some serious damage to your organs. When your blood pressure is abnormally low, you may have low blood pressure or hypotension that cause flow of blood to the organs to be inadequate or unhealthy. It can cause strokes, heart attacks, and kidney failure.
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