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Are drug store blood pressure machines accurate?

Are drug store blood pressure machines accurate?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?

Home blood pressure machines are home blood pressure machines accurate? What brands are recommended if any?

Generally are...: Arm cuffs are more accurate measures of BP than wristor finger cffs. Omron is a quality manufacturer (there are others). If in doubt about accuracy, bring the monitor to your doc, so it can be checked at the time. ...Read more

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What are some good accurate automatic blood pressure machines for women that i can use at home?

What are some good accurate automatic blood pressure machines for women that i can use at home?

Upper arm cuff: Its a great idea to monitor blood pressure at home. The american heart association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper-arm) monitor. Wrist and finger monitors are not recommended because they yield less reliable readings. This website has a list of machines that have been tested and validated:. ...Read more

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Would you say it is reliable to measure the blood pressure using one of these machines at a supermarket?

Would you say it is reliable to measure the blood pressure using one of these machines at a supermarket?

Hypertension: Blood pressure machines must be calibrated to be accurate and proper technique followed to measure pressure accurately. If these are present a supermarket machine could be accurate. Hard to know for any machine unless certified. ...Read more

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Are supermarket blood pressure machines reliable? Are the blood pressure machines in supermarkets generally reliable?

Are supermarket blood pressure machines reliable? Are the blood pressure machines in supermarkets generally reliable?

Possibly: Sometimes they are but if not maintained, or if you are not using carefully, do not trust them. Always get BP checked by a reputable provider. ...Read more

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So my blood pressure the past 2 days was either 143/84 or 144/83 (tested on numerous machines). Today it was normal, so what is my actual bp?

So my blood pressure the past 2 days was either 143/84 or 144/83 (tested on numerous machines). Today it was normal, so what is my actual bp?

Normal: All your blood pessure readings have been normal. Just remember, BP readings are not exact constant numbers and vary slightly, as in your case, throughout the day depending on activity, rest and food intake etc. No need to be obsessive. For normal people, checking bP once every 1-2 wks is sufficient. Feel better! ...Read more

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I recently used a blood pressure machine at a local store. It stated I have stage 2 hyper tension. Girlfriend told me machines aren't accurate.?

I recently used a blood pressure machine at a local store.  It stated I have stage 2 hyper tension. Girlfriend told me machines aren't accurate.?

Not accurate/see MD: Your girlfriend is correct- machines like that are not always accurate and it is possible your blood pressure is normal. However, it is also possible that your pressure is high, so please have it checked by a doctor or nurse. Some clinics will check your BP for free. Blood pressure can be quite variable- if you take it 5 times you may get 5 different values, so have it checked on a few occasions. ...Read more

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What symptoms or signs would tell a person that they have high blood pressure without going to a doctor or drug store?

Difficult to tell: Some people with high blood pressure might have a headache or blurry vision. However, most people cannot feel or tell what their blood pressure is. The only reliable way to check your blood pressure is by using a blood pressure cuff. ...Read more