Home Health: Blood Pressure Monitor Reviews

Monitoring blood pressure at home is an easy way to track your blood pressure. Finding the right monitor is easy when you use these tips on features, ease of use, and price.

Your doctor has recommended that you track your blood pressure at home on a daily basis.You've looked at some monitors at the store but aren't sure which one you should buy.It's easy to put this purchase in perspective when you know some basic information.

Basically, there are two types of monitors to choose from-aneroid and digital.The one you may be most familiar with is the aneroid monitor.

Your doctor typically uses the aneroid monitor when he checks your blood pressure in his office.This monitor consists of a cuff which is placed around your arm.It has a tubing and a bulb attached to the cuff.There is also a gauge which the user reads as the cuff is deflated.A stethoscope is used to listen for heart sounds as the pressure on the cuff is released.

Aneroid monitors are easy to transport because they are compact.They are the least expensive monitors with a price range of $20+.

Aneroid monitors have some special requirements when they are being used.They must be handled carefully because the dial can become damaged, which causes the blood pressure reading not to be accurate. You also have to be able to squeeze the rubber bulb, which may be difficult for someone with impaired strength in their hands.The user must be able to put on the cuff and this can be difficult for a person who is facing mobility issues.If you have a hearing impairment, you may not be able to hear the sounds in the stethoscope.

Digital monitors are very popular today.These are similar to the ones you might have used at the local supermarket.

Typically there is a cuff that you place around your arm.The monitor is turned on and the cuff automatically inflates and measures your blood pressure.There are some semiautomatic models which require the use to inflate the cuff manually.

Once the cuff is inflated, the monitor will display both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.Some models will print out the pressure.

Digital monitors do have some detracting factors.They can be larger to carry around.The user must sit absolutely still while the pressure is being measured.Movement can cause a false reading and give inaccurate results.Also, if the user has an irregular heartbeat, the results are not as accurate.Digital monitors require batteries which add to the cost of use. Digital monitors are more expensive with semi-automatic models starting at $40+ and fully automatic models beginning at $65+.

Most doctors do not recommend the finger or wrist blood pressure monitors.These tend to not be accurate because of sensitivity to position and body temperature.

If you plan on buying a blood pressure monitor use this easy checklist to know what you are looking for.

1.Ask your doctor what size of cuff you need.Cuff size is important for an accurate reading.

2.Can you read the numbers easily?If you are choosing an aneroid monitor, can you hear the sounds in the stethoscope?

3.What can you afford?Is ease of use more important than cost?Do you want to pay more money for a digital monitor if you can use a less expensive aneroid monitor?

After you purchase a monitor, make sure you have it checked for accuracy.Your doctor can do this and will probably recommend that you bring it in once a year for an annual check.

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