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Smartsigns Blood Pressure Monitoring Poster


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smartsigns Patient Monitoring A GUIDE TO AUTOMATIC BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING  CUFF SELECTION AND PLACEMENT WHAT IS HYPERTENSION? Hypertension is blood pressure that is above the expected range.  Ensure cuff is correct size. Check Index Markers lie within the range shown on the cuff. The Bladder should surround 80% of the arm and be centred over the forearm.  HOW IS HYPERTENSION DIAGNOSED? The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is through regular check-ups with your doctor. WHY TAKE MULTIPLE READINGS? Blood pressure is often high initially due to ‘office’ or ‘situational’ Hypertension. By discarding this first reading, taking multiple readings and averaging them, the accuracy of diagnosis is improved. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONTROL HYPERTENSION? Hypertension is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE IF YOU HAVE HYPERTENSION? There are several measures you can take to lower your blood pressure known as ‘lifestyle changes’. These include, if you need to lose weight, improve your diet and get regular exercise. Quitting smoking will reduce your overall cardiovascular risk.  PROPER PATIENT POSITION • Place cuff at heart level - mid sternum. • Hold arm still • Remain relaxed  BLOOD PRESSURE STAGES  SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE (mmHg)  OPTIMAL  <120  AND  <80  NORMAL  <130  AND  <85  HIGH NORMAL  130 - 139  OR  85 - 89  DIASTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE (mmHg)  MANAGEMENT > 160 100 140 - 159 90 - 99  TREATMENT REQUIRED / LIKELY ASSESS ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS  < 140 90  REASSESS ANNUALLY  < 135 85  REASSESS EVERY 5 YEARS  SOME FACTS ABOUT HYPERTENSION? Of those people with high blood pressure, 40% don’t know they have it.  …with people in mind Diagnostic Products Division 35 Portmanmoor Road, Cardiff, CF24 5HN, United Kingdom T: +44 (0)29 20485885 F: +44 (0)29 20492520 E: W:  smartsigns® LitePlus Clinical grade automatic blood pressure monitor.  Registered No: 942245 England. Registered Office: 310-312 Dallow Road, Luton, Beds, LU1 1TD ©Huntleigh Healthcare Limited 2008  MEMBER OF THE GETINGE GROUP ® and ™ are trademarks of Huntleigh Technology Limited  As our policy is one of continuous improvement, we reserve the right to modify designs without prior notice. 747468-A
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