Home Health: Different Blood Pressure Monitor Styles

There are several different styles of blood pressure monitors, each with advantages or disadvantages. They can be sphygmomanometers, aneroid, or digital monitors.

Having high blood pressure is not something to be taken lightly. If your blood pressure is consistently greater than 140/90, your doctor will probably want you to take medication. High blood pressure may be a result of many factors but the cause is often unknown.

Treating high blood pressure is important because left untreated it can contribute to many other serious illnesses including: kidney damage, stroke, heart attack and other serious health issues. By monitoring your blood pressure and alerting your doctor of any problems, you may be able to prevent any permanent damage.

It may be a good idea to monitor your blood pressure at home if you do have a history of high blood pressure. In fact, your doctor may even suggest doing so. This provides an excellent way to monitor fluctuations in your blood pressure. You can also try to take notice of any particular times of the day when your blood pressure is worse or if certain factors seem to affect your blood pressure.

There are a variety of at home blood pressure monitors available. They make it quick and easy to keep a check on your blood pressure. You can select a wrist monitor that is compact and easy to use. The monitor will make it easy to take your blood pressure anytime anywhere. However, wrist monitors are not always the most accurate and doctors often recommend using another type of monitor.

Perhaps you will want a manual inflation digital monitor. You will be able to inflate the blood pressure cuff on your own but the computer will record and display your blood pressure. These monitors usually take two to four double a batteries for operation.

If you do not want to pump up the blood pressure cuff on your own, there are automatic inflation options. At the press of a button the cuff will fit to the shape of your own and display your blood pressure readings within seconds. These blood pressure machines are highly accurate and are much like what you see used in a doctor's office. These machines range in price from $40 to $90 or even more. These monitors are often very high tech. Some can recall all your blood pressure readings for as many as 90 days. They may even stamp the date and time of the blood pressure reading.

For the nurse in the family or someone who likes to do everything on their own you can buy the manual blood pressure cuffs with the stethoscope. Take your own blood pressure and write down your own readings. These are the most inexpensive blood pressure monitors at as little at $15. However, they may be more inaccurate especially if you are not totally certain how to take a reading.

At home blood pressure monitors are helpful but there is room for error. You may want to ask your physician if you can bring your monitor in to make sure it is correctly collaborated for the most accurate readings. It is also important to take your blood pressure medicine as prescribed and to follow up with your healthcare professionals as recommended. Using your blood pressure monitors at home is a good way to see how effective any medications and lifestyle changes are and to signal any problems so that you can consult with your physician.

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