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The gold standard for assessing BP is the direct measurement of intra-arterial BP. This method is invasive and requires catheterization. Therefore, in clinical or field settings, BP is typically measured indirectly by auscultation or oscillometry. For auscultation, a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer consisting of a BP cuff (cloth cover and bladder) and either a mercury column or an aneroid manometer are used. , waveforms) when the cuff is deflated. Systolic and diastolic BPs are calculated with the use of proprietary algorithms provided by each manufacturer.

It is also important to note the types of medication being used by the client. Drugs such as digitalis, beta-blockers, bronchodilators, vasodilators, diuretics, and insulin may alter the individual’s heart rate, blood pressure, ECG, and exercise capacity. If your client reports a medical condition or drug that is unfamiliar to you, be certain to consult medical references or a physician to obtain more information before conducting any exercise tests or allowing the client to participate in an exercise program.

5). The SCORE lowrisk charts can be used to estimate the 10-yr risk of mortality from CVD for adults from European countries with recent and substantial reductions in CV mortality risk. The high-risk chart is used to calculate 10-yr risk of individuals from other European countries. To use the chart, you must know your client’s total cholesterol (mmol∙L−1 or mg∙dl−1), systolic blood pressure (SBP; mmHg), age (yr), smoking status, and sex. Similarly, the Relative Risk Chart (Reiner et al. 6) may be used to educate younger people how, relative to their age group peers, their risk for an atherosclerotic event is affected by lifestyle choices (smoking) and modifiable risk factors (hypercholesterolemia and hypertension).

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