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Home Blood Pressure Kit with Stethoscope
We are so certain that Blood Pressure Pro will work for you that we offer a free Blood Pressure Kit and Stethoscope for just trying our product.
What you receive
Receive a 22” dual head stethoscope and a self-adjusting cotton “D” cuff. The cuff and stethoscope kit has a professional sphygmomanometer and Sprague-Rappaport-type stethoscope. Comes complete with leatherette case, manual and record chart. Ten year Calibration Warranty.
Measuring your blood pressure at home can be very useful and can help you to feel more in control of your condition. It can also help you to understand more about your blood pressure, what affects it and how it changes.
How to use your sphygmomanometer and stethoscope
Taking readings at home (and/or at work)
will allow you to estimate your average
blood pressure measurements in day-to-day,
real-life situations. While there are many
digital blood pressure units on the market,
the arguably, most reliable -- instrument
is the sphygmomanometer, or "manual kit," which is very similar to the unit your doctor
1. Remove the cuff,
stethoscope, pressure gauge, and bulb (also
known as a "bladder") from the
kit, taking care to untangle the various
2. Sit down at a table or desk where you
can easily rest your arm so that when you
bend your elbow, your elbow is parallel
to your heart. (Some experts recommend you
use your left arm; others suggest you test
both arms. But while you're first adjusting
to self-testing, use the left arm if you're
right-handed, or vice versa.)
3. Gently place the stethoscope's ear pieces
in your ears.
4. Bend the arm you're going to test.
5. Wrap the cuff around your arm, slipping
the top part of the cuff through the metal
bar that's attached to the cuff. Most cuffs
have Velcro, making it easy to keep the
cuff in place.
6. Make sure the cuff is snug, but not too
tight -- if you cut off your circulation
and become agitated, you're going to get
an alarming blood pressure reading!
7. Place the head of the stethoscope, that
is, the round blank dial, just above the
bend in the elbow: that's the brachial artery.
(You should hear a faint thumping sound.)
8. Take the other end of the sphygmomanometer
-- the end with the pressure gauge or dial
-- and look for a little clip on the back.
Attach that clip to something sturdy, such
as a hardcover book, that you can place
on the table. It's important to keep the
gauge anchored and stable.
9. Take the rubber bulb (or bladder) and
tighten the little valve at the base; be
sure to turn the valve all the way clockwise
to shut it off.
10. Pump the bulb using slow but very steady
pressure until the needle on the gauge is
at about 20-30 points above your usual systolic
(top) number. Now, gently start turning
the bulb's valve counter-clockwise so that
air is released slowly and steadily.
11. As you
watch the needle fall back down the gauge,
listen for a thumping sound. (The clinical
name for this is "Korotkoff sounds.")
Keep your eyes on the gauge -- when you
first hear thumping, you have your systolic
number, which represents the greatest amount
of pressure exerted on the artery walls
as your heart pumps blood.
12. Keep watching the gauge. When the thumping
fades to silence, you have your diastolic
(bottom) number, the lowest amount of pressure.
- Accept the fact
that the first few times you try using
a sphygmomanometer you'll likely make
some mistakes and become frustrated. It
takes a few tries to get the hang of this.
Most kits come with instructions; be sure
to read them.
- For best results,
take a second reading five to ten minutes
after your first reading. (You may want
to test your other arm, too, for the second
reading.) Blood pressure fluctuates within
minutes (sometimes dramatically), and
if you take two readings within about
a ten-minute period, you can come up with
an accurate average number.
- Take a reading
when you're especially relaxed: that will
give you an idea of how low you can go.
But also force yourself to take a reading
when you're upset, as unpleasant as that
thought is; you need to know how high
your blood pressure goes up when you're
angry or frustrated.
- Keep a diary of
your blood pressure readings. Note the
time of day when you took the reading
and whether it was just before you ate,
before or after exercise, or when you
- Give this diary
to your doctor at your next appointment.
Your doctor may be able to glean an important
pattern or clue to your fluctuations in
- You may want to check
your blood pressure about fifteen to thirty
minutes after exercising (or meditating
or other stress relief activities), to
see if there is an improvement in your
numbers. There should be an improvement,
which will provide good incentive to keep
up your exercise regimen! (Exercise, like
diet, is key to controlling blood pressure.)