From long ago blood pressure monitoring machines are very essential tools for diagnosing and managing blood pressure and cardiovascular health. As a health monitor, the history of blood pressure monitoring devices is quite long. From time to time the methods of BP measurement have evolved and new technology has been introduced to the modern healthcare system as a method of BP measurement. Progressing from traditional techniques and machines to advanced machines with the newer method of BP measurement, there has been a significant change in the blood pressure monitoring sector. Here we’ll dive through some traditional and modern BP measurement methods and techniques that patients have used over time.
What are the different methods of BP measurement?
Palpation Method: This is one of the earliest methods of BP measurement that has been used to measure blood pressure in the initial time of BP monitoring. In this methodology, a doctor mainly feels the pulse data on the different points of the body such as on the wrist, and predicts the blood pressure value. As this method of BP measurement is very ancient and there is no exact measurement scale used to measure the BP it is highly dependent on the examiner’s skill and experience and often lack accurate result and lead the patient to harm their health.
Auscultatory Method: This method was introduced in the late 19th century by Dr. Samuel Siegfried Ritter von Basch, a physician and it becomes the gold standard later on for blood pressure measurement all over the world. Mercury sphygmomanometer and aneroid sphygmomanometer devices mostly use this method which requires to use of a sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope. In this method, the cuff is inflated higher than the systolic pressure and then after releasing the air valve while slowly deflating, there is a Korotkoff sound for systolic and diastolic indication.
Oscillometric Method: this method is the last update of the methods of BP monitoring till now. It has been developed around 1960 and got popular because of its easy-to-use features. All modern and digital blood pressure monitors these days are using this method to measure blood pressure. In this method, the data of the artery vibration turned into an electrical signal and showed on the digital screen of the monitor. It allows the monitor to detect and show the result automatically and there is no dependency on the examiner’s skills to measure the blood pressure in the whole process.
Advanced blood pressure monitoring techniques:
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM): This is the most reliable and in-depth blood pressure monitoring method of all time. This non-invasive technique allows healthcare providers to have an insight into continuous 24-hour blood pressure monitoring while the patient is working and doing their daily activities. The process is completely automated and the blood pressure monitor records the data in a regular interval. It provides a comprehensive assessment of different states and different postures of the body which helps doctors make a data-driven prediction of the patient’s hypertension level and helps them to provide a better diagnosis in the future.
Finger Photoplethysmography: Finger photoplethysmography is a newly introduced technique that measures the patient’s blood pressure by assessing the changes in blood volume and flows through the finger. Usually, it uses optic sensors and provides continuous blood pressure monitoring. This method is particularly useful for special patients who require frequent blood pressure monitoring, such as those patients with hypertension or cardiovascular diseases.
HINGMED advanced blood pressure monitors:
As an industry-leading blood pressure solution provider, HINGMED has developed its blood pressure monitors with the oscillometric method. Basically, these blood pressure monitors measure the artery wall vibration caused by the blood flow and convert that data into an electrical signal. These devices can automatically inflate their cuff automatically and obtain the data. This method of BP measurement allows the device to complete the whole process on its own. There is no need for skilled and experienced people to complete the process even a new user can measure their blood pressure with some small guidance. HINGMED brand has three types of blood pressure monitors including home BP monitor, ambulatory BP monitor, and clinical automatic BP monitor. These devices are working in different working environments as their name. The home blood pressure monitor is a perfect assistance for at-home blood pressure monitoring, whereas an ambulatory BP monitor is well known for its 24-hour blood pressure monitoring. On the other hand, for massive BP monitoring, a Clinical automatic blood pressure monitor is a perfect match for hospitals and clinical settings. In different segments, HINGMED blood pressure monitors keep their impact for healthier blood pressure monitoring and making people’s lives healthier.
Over time, the methods of BP measurement have gone through a significant evolution that impressively improved in every aspect of blood pressure monitoring such as the accuracy, convenience, and managing hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions. From different methods such as traditional auscultatory methods to advanced techniques such as ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, doctors and healthcare professionals now have a wide range of tools to provide the best solution for accurate and perfect BP monitoring. With these modern methods, patients are getting more accurate results, enhanced patient comfort, and the ability to obtain valuable insights about their blood pressure patterns throughout the day. As technological advancement continues, the future of blood pressure measurement holds even more promise with HINGMED, with the potential for more portable, accurate, and accessible devices that can revolutionize blood pressure monitoring and cardiovascular care.