What to look for in a blood pressure monitor

by Gabrielle Taylor November 02, 2017

What to look for in a blood pressure monitor

If you have some kind of blood pressure related health concern, it’s important to have a device on-hand that is able to monitor your blood pressure accurately and efficiently.

There are a number of blood pressure monitors to choose from, but there are a few things that you should look for before purchasing your device, such as:


What type of blood pressure monitor do you need?


Upper arm style: This style of blood pressure monitor is most commonly used in the Doctor’s surgery due to its high accuracy. However, some devices in this style can be bulky and uncomfortable compared to others.

Wrist style: Given the area of the body where this style of monitor is used, it is understandable that this device is much smaller and discreet than the upper arm style. However, despite constant improvements in technology, wrist blood pressure monitors are also considered to be less accurate than the upper arm style.

Manual: Taking your blood pressure the old-fashioned manual way can be extremely accurate, there is no electricity needed and they are much cheaper. Just be sure to calibrate them correctly and regularly, and have someone who knows what they are doing to help you take your reading.

Digital: Most recent styles of digital blood pressure monitors can achieve a number of tasks automatically and help you gain an accurate and efficient understanding of your picture of health. Some run on batteries and some need access to electricity.


Key questions to ask before you buy your blood pressure monitor:


How complicated is it? Depending on your level of technical know-how, there are some pretty fancy blood pressure monitors that achieve some pretty fancy things. So it’s important to assess whether you’ll need and use a smartphone compatible product or whether something much more simple would suit your usage habits.

Will the cuff fit? Most upper-arm style blood pressure monitors are adjustable, but some aren’t. You should check on this aspect of the device before purchasing and enquire about the range of adjustability. If your arm is too small or too large, you won’t be able to successfully use the product.

What’s the procedure? Whilst some styles of blood pressure monitors require special movements to determine a result, others don’t. For example, a wrist blood pressure monitor can require the user to turn their hand toward their heart. If similar movements aren’t performed with each reading, skewed readings may be a result. Other types of blood pressure monitors don’t require any special movements and the procedure can be largely automatic in nature.

So remember, choose wisely and appropriately based on your technical abilities and your needs - there are many variations, but like anything else, the right fit for you won’t be the right fight for the next person but the perfect fit does exist!

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