Why for do I need a blood pressure monitor?
Watching your blood pressure is important in detecting high blood pressure, which leads to major health risks. Measuring and recording your blood pressure at home helps your doctor to analyze and diagnose according to how much your blood pressure changes throughout a day.
Is it necessary to acquire special equipment?
Measuring blood pressure only requires a blood pressure monitor intended for personal use at home.
Where can I get a blood pressure monitor?
Pharmacies, health stores, convenience stores and some discount chain stores are the most popular places where you can buy them.
How many types of a blood pressure monitors are available?
There are different electronic and manual instruments including in-home blood pressure monitoring devices and small stations. Monitors for personal use include aneroid, digital, finger and wrist types.
What are the most used and recommended blood pressure monitors?
Aneroid monitors and digital monitors are the most used due to their easy use, accuracy and low price. An aneroid monitor cost about $20 to $30 and a digital monitor ranges between $30 and $100.
What are the advantages of an aneroid blood pressure monitor?
This monitor is easy to manage and carry from one place to another, is cheaper and the cuff for the device has a built-in stethoscope included.
What are the advantages of a digital blood pressure monitor?
Digital monitors are popular because they automatically do most of the measurement procedure, and the readings are easy to record because of their little screen. Some models include the option to have a paper printout giving you a record of date and the blood pressure reading.
Why should I buy a digital or aneroid monitor instead of the others?
Small units despite the size are costly, finger and wrist blood pressure monitors cost over $100 and they do not measure blood pressure accurately.
Is there any special feature I should look for?
Whether you choose an aneroid or a digital monitor, visible numbers and the right cuff size are the most important features to look for. The pharmacist can tell you the cuff size you need based on the size of your arm or your doctor or nurses recommendation.
Does the size really matter?
Yes, a blood pressure monitor with the wrong cuff size returns inaccurate readings.