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A 58-year-old member asked:

Are drug store blood pressure machines accurate?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Hall
Family Medicine 52 years experience
Yes,: My experience indicates they are accurate. Results may not reflect the same number as at your doctor's office, however, if you use this same machine continually it will be a consistent number. If your BP is going up or down it will show trending to share with your provider.
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine 39 years experience
They can be: Talk with the pharmacist to make sure that it has been calibrated and to make sure it is the proper size for you.
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Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Yes, Probably: Ask your pharmacist whether theirs has been calibrated (tested for accuracy) recently. Make sure you don't have clothing on your arm when you test. It may be that the readings are actually more accurate than those done in a health care setting, where you may have some anxiety about the results, the infamous "white coat syndrome".
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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 16 years experience
Depends: It is your BP trend that matters, so if you take your BP at the same drug store each time it should be on average, close to what your BP is. But remember the correct way to take BP is in sitting position resting for 5 min. (we don't do it right in the doctor's office either).
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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 19 years experience
Most of the time: Most of the larger more permanent blood pressure machine in supermarkets and drugstores are usually decently accurate. Of course, nothing beats a good old stethescope and cuff.
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Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Which one is more accurate- electronic or manual blood pressure machines?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Manual: A manual BP cuff when properly used is quite precise and less subject to potential errors related to if the machine "hears" the sounds correctly. Also, in certain medical conditions, differences in the presence or absence of blood pressure sounds with breathing in or out can be quite important.
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A 38-year-old male asked:

Those blood pressure machines you can buy to plug into your iPhone are they accurate ?

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Dr. Harinder Gill
Cardiology 40 years experience
BP monitor: Yes they are accurate when used as directed and not abused eg dropped etc
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Last updated Dec 29, 2019

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