Electronic Blood Pressure Monitor (1)

Is an electrblood pressure monitoronic blood pressure monitor as reliable as a traditional blood pressure monitor?

Tensioning with manual sphygmomanometers is based on the auscultatory method. This method uses an occlusive cuff (allowing compression of the artery) and a stethoscope (to detect the noises generated during the passage of blood during the deflation of the cuff). There are 5 different phases (called Korotkoff sounds):

I: Appearance of the first sound,
II: Whispering tone,
III: its sharp and sharp,
IV: Weakening of the sound,
V: Disappearance of the sound, Systolic pressure is determined by phase I and diastolic pressure by phase V.

Breast Pump, Which one to choose?

There are two types of breast pumps: the manual breast pump and the electric breast pump. The manual breast pump is the ally of moms who wish to draw their milk discreetly. Indeed, it is compact and lightweight, it is carried everywhere, it fits easily in a bag and takes place both at your place of work and on vacation. The real advantage of the manual breast pump? It offers the possibility of extracting milk at its own pace. You can pump your milk with one hand, gently, a real plus if your breasts are painful. Equipped with a dial to adjust the power of expression of milk, you can enjoy a suitable comfort. A breast pump (manual or electric) cleans itself after each use, so it is better to choose a model that is easy to disassemble, clean and assemble. If possible, check that it does not have a multitude of small parts, they are easy to lose.

The electric breast pump has more than one benefit. If it stimulates lactation, it also offers a real time saver: equipped with a small motor, the extraction of milk is done without muscular effort. Electric models for sale on the internet or in specialized stores are also versatile: you express your milk at home and on the move, they are rather compact and easy to carry. If you want to use it at the office, make sure to buy that the noise of the electric breast pump motor is quite discreet. With twins, for example, the need to draw milk can become more important. Buy a double breast pump or rent a more powerful and advanced electric breast pump in a pharmacy or on a specialized site.

Here is an overview of the different models available on the market:

“Hospital grade / Professional” electric breast pump
These devices are available in hospitals and sometimes rented in your pharmacies. They are generally too expensive to buy at retail ($ 1500 to $ 2000) and are intended for daily use, several times a day. It is usually the mothers who have to be separated from their child because of premature birth or illness (of the mother or the baby) who rent this kind of machine.

Electric breast pump with double expression
These machines are intended for regular use, but not for all feedings in a day. They express milk quickly on both breasts at a time and are ideal for active moms working outdoors. They have an adapter to connect to the mains. Their price varies between $ 200 and $ 350 and is an excellent investment if you plan to continue breastfeeding for several months while resuming an outdoor activity.

Electronic breast pump (single)
It is a single breast pump (one breast at a time) that runs on a battery. It is sometimes sold with an adapter to connect it to the mains. These devices are perfect for sporadic use, for example, if you want to let your spouse take care of the feeding of the night while you recover. Their price varies from 120 to 200 $.

Manual breast pump
They are intended for infrequent use. These are the favorites of moms who only want to use it in case of occasional outing, punctual engorgement or just to have in the freezer some reserves of breast milk. They work with a manual pump. Their price is very affordable (about $ 40 to $ 100).

Hemodialysis Machine

Hemodialysis consists of supplementing the deficient kidneys by “cleaning” (purifying) the blood several times a week using a machine.
How does hemodialysis work?
We know that the human body makes permanent waste. These are immediately recovered by the blood and transported to the kidney for elimination.
When the kidneys no longer work, they can no longer eliminate the waste produced by the body or the water we drink. Result: on the one hand, the body is intoxicated by waste and, on the other hand, the water we drink is retained in the form of edema, responsible for abnormal weight gain.
Hemodialysis removes both waste and water.

Hemodialysis: evacuation of waste and water
Hemodialysis will therefore eliminate waste from the body. The blood laden with waste passes into an apparatus; the waste is eliminated; the blood comes back “cleansed” in the body and can once again take up waste and dispose of it in the device. And so on. At the same time, the machine eliminates the water accumulated in edema. After a few hours, the body is sufficiently cleared of waste and accumulated water so that dialysis can be stopped. But, quickly, the body will again take care of waste. This is why you have to take several dialysis sessions a week.
Hemodialysis equipment
Hemodialysis equipment includes:
– a blood circuit, with a pump that draws blood and returns it to the body once cleaned;
– a machine (a generator) that produces a sterile liquid, the composition of which is adapted to the human body; this liquid is called dialysate;
– between the two, a small essential cylinder called dialyzer.
Everything happens in this little cylinder
“If you sawed this little cylinder in half, just as you saw a log to see how it was made, and if you removed the walls to see it well, you’d end up with some sort of badger for the beard. With hairs of hollow badgers.
– During dialysis, the blood circulates in these hollow hairs. And the dialysis fluid circulates all around these hairs.
– The blood is separated from the dialysis fluid by the very thin wall of the hair.
– This extremely thin wall is a little porous. It allows molecules to pass in both directions: the waste passes from the blood to the dialysate and indispensable molecules pass from the dialysate to the blood.
– Thus: 1) before the dialyzer, the blood is loaded with waste while the dialysate is very “pure”; 2) after the dialyzer, the blood is stripped of its waste while the dialysate is, on the contrary, loaded with waste. The blood comes back into the body and the dialysate laden with waste is thrown away. As for water, simply program the hemodialysis machine so that it sucks gradually the amount of water to eliminate.

How to Measure Blood Pressure at Home

It is important to make sure that the measurements taken with your home blood pressure monitor are accurate so that your healthcare provider can have a good overview of your blood pressure.

blood pressure monitor
Blood Pressure Monitor

Home measurement of blood pressure can help your doctor diagnose high blood pressure properly. Some people have higher blood pressure when they visit the doctor. However, while these people go about their daily business, their blood pressure is normal. Often measuring your blood pressure can help you determine if you have high blood pressure.