Home blood pressure monitoring devices

If you suffer from hypertension, seek advice from your healthcare provider to see if you should begin monitoring your blood pressure at home.

Hypertension is a serious condition that must be monitored and regulated.If you choose to begin an at home monitoring routine, you should carefully record each pressure reading so you can share this information with your doctor.This information will help him or her better recognize fluctuations in your blood pressure, learn which activities may be causing your pressure to rise, and understand how to treat any irregularities.

Before attempting to monitor your pressure, it helps to understand the readings.There are two numbers you need to know, the systolic reading and the diastolic.The systolic reading is the first number listed when pressure reading is recorded.If your pressure is normal, it is recorded as 120/80.This indicates that 120 is your systolic reading, so obviously the last number, or 80 in this case, is your diastolic reading.

There are two basic types of at home blood pressure monitoring devices.A digital monitor is simple to use, especially for beginners.Many come with automatically inflating cuffs. Simply attach the cuff in the proper location on the upper part of your arm and turn on the device.Sit quietly for a moment then push the start button. Soon the blood pressure reading will appear on the screen.

The digital display makes it far simpler to read, and may provide a more accurate overall record of pressure.Some digital monitors also provide a paper printout to help you keep track of your readings more easily.Simply remove the print out and take it with you on the next visit to the doctor.

An aneroid pressure monitor is the gauge type, with a ball and cuff, much like those used by doctors and hospitals.You will have to inflate the cuff manually by pumping the ball. You will also need a stethoscope.Put the stethoscope into position before beginning.Pump the ball quickly to about 30 points above your average systolic reading.Slowly begin to let the air out. To determine your systolic pressure, look at the gauge as soon as you hear your heartbeat. Write down the number shown when you hear the first beat.

To determine your diastolic pressure, keep letting the air out of the cuff.When you no longer hear your heartbeat, look at the gauge again.Write down the number you see the moment you no longer hear it.Record these numbers in the format described above.Give this information to your doctor.

Read several reviews and consult with your physician before purchasing a blood pressure monitor.Make sure you purchase one with proven accuracy.Still, you must take the device to your healthcare provider to have the accuracy tested before using it at home.Manufacturers and health experts suggest having the device tested at least once per year.

It is also a good idea to have your healthcare provider walk you through using the device, at least the first time.Once you are able to achieve an accurate reading on your own, you should be comfortable monitoring your pressure at home.

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