Updated 07 July 2014

A sphygmo… mano… what?

There have been great technological strides made in blood pressure testing.

There have been great technological strides made in blood pressure testing, and although there’s a variety of equipment available, the basic tool of measurement remains the almost unpronounceable sphygmomanometer.

As the pressure in the cuff is released further, your healthcare professional notes at which reading the sound of the heartbeat disappears completely, which provides a reading of your diastolic pressure.


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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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