The World Health Organisation recently published an alarming figure: hypertension is the main cause of death due to cardiovascular problems and over 50% of the world population has it without knowing it.
Measuring blood pressure regularly, even when a person is in good health, means keeping a check on a basic indicator of how healthy your heart actually is.
Pressure is simply the force exerted by blood on the arteries as it circulates and a blood pressure monitor is used to check the maximum (or systolic) blood pressure when the ventricle contracts, and the minimum (or diastolic) blood pressure when it relaxes.
What is a sphygmomanometer?
The blood pressure monitor, or sphygmomanometer, has been used by medical staff since the end of the nineteenth century and is now also available for home use.
It is an immediate, simple and precise instrument for obtaining information on our state of health.
It is used to monitor blood pressure, by measuring two numbers (systolic and diastolic pressure), normally expressed in millimetres of mercury, or mmHg.
What types of sphygmomanometer exist?
This biomedical instrument been improved considerably since the end of the nineteenth century, partly thanks to its widespread use. Sphygmomanometers are currently available in the automatic digital wrist or table-top version or a simple palm, table-top aneroid version or on a stand.
Sale of mercury sphygmomanometers to the public was banned on 3 April 2009, due both to the toxicity of the metal and the difficulty of disposal in the environment.
Which type of sphygmomanometer should you choose?
Aneroid sphygmomanometers require greater familiarity with the instrument. They employ oscillometric measures and require maintenance and calibration. They must be correctly used to ensure precision and reliability of the measurements, so should only be used by medical or healthcare personnel.
Digital and automatic sphygmomanometers, on the other hand, can be easily used at home. They are easy to use, even by the elderly, and the blood pressure reading can be read easily and immediately.
The Logiko Digit digital sphygmomanometers by Moretti
The Logiko Digit range of Moretti SpA offers a wide choice to cover all the needs listed. The Logiko digital sphygmomanometers have oscillometric measurement and are precise, easy to use and easy to read, thanks to the presence of a large LCD display with clearly visible units of measurement and values.
It is precisely with the purpose of offering a simple, reliable and complete instrument that other functions have been added, in addition to blood pressure monitoring, that are equally important to obtain a complete view of the health of our heart.
These include: measurement of heartbeats per minute; a detector of arrhythmias or other irregularities of the heartbeat; a hypertension indicator; the possibility of storing up to 120 measurements, for one or two users, the ability to calculate an average of the last three measurements, and the possibility of interfacing the monitor with a PC, via a USB port.
The Logiko range also includes a digital, automatic and talking pressure monitor, to allow elderly people or people with disabilities to use it independently. This model guides the final user, step by step, in use of the instrument and correct reading of the result.
The Logiko palm aneroid sphygmomanometers by Moretti
Aneroid sphygmomanometers require auscultation of the pressure using a spring and lever system, with a set of levels that measure the pressure on a circular scale.
The Logiko range includes sphygmomanometers with a single bulb mounted directly on the dial, with a rotating head for ambidextrous use, a pressure gauge attached to the cuff or a separate dial and bulb.
They have a scale of 0-300 mmHg, floating zero, a latex-free, nylon cuff with Velcro closure and a metal ring, single PVC bulb with an air stem and air release valve entirely in chrome-plated metal.
They also have a zipped case and are characterised by the type of mount, which is large, with a shockproof or standard rubber protection ring, and come with or without a phonendoscope.
Do you want to know more? Consult our product catalogue or ask at your usual orthopaedics and medical supply store for the Logiko range by Moretti SpA.