A 36-year-old male asked:
can a doctor on healthtap prescribe a blood pressure monitor for my hypertension and cardiac disease the monitor i have is old from at least five to six years. it is giving me inaccurate numbers.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Charles Gordon answered
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Don't need rx: You can get an accurate BP measuring device at a number of pharmacies or Big Box stores such as Costco for approximately $40 without prescription. The better ones have a micro USB port so that you can store and then download a months worth of data which you can print out and bring with you to your doc to discuss the findings with him.
Answered on Aug 13, 2015
Dr. Clarence Grim answered
56 years experience Endocrinology
BP monitor: I specialize in HBP for over 50 years. I still recommend the one you pump up and listen to with an attached stethoscope. Costs only $20 and much more accurate, if you are instructed how to do it properly and I can do that by video consult. Most important driver of high blood pressure is how much salt you eat. This can be tested with a dipstick we can discuss during a 2nd opinion.
Answered on Apr 20, 2017
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