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Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

Are the blood pressure monitors at grocery/pharmacy stores accurate?

BP at the Grocery: Blood pressure monitors need to be calibrated periodically, especially if they get a lot of use. They should be accurate. If you have a concern that it might not be, ask when it was last calibrated or have it checked manually. You could try checking it at more than one store and see if the readings are similar, too. If not, one of the machines is likely wrong. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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Regular sized cuffs for blood pressure monitors are not big enough for me. Can you recomend another size please?

Regular sized cuffs for blood pressure monitors are not big enough for me. Can you recomend another size please?

Many cuffs out there: Blood pressure cuffs come in a variety of sizes. It should say on the box what size adult can use it. you can contact their 1-800 # and ask them about different cuff sizes. They should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Have 2 blood pressure monitors.been taking BP regularly for months.Both register pretty much same.When doc takes it it's always WAY higher.confused!

Have 2 blood pressure monitors.been taking BP regularly for months.Both register pretty much same.When doc takes it it's always WAY higher.confused!

White coat htn: Is common and is NOT benign. Long term out comes of pts with whitecoat htn are not as good as pts with normal bp justifying the basis for medical treatment. Having said that. Its important to check your machine against docs machine and keep a home journal. Daily morning readings to use as basis for medical therapy if needed. Ambulatory home bp readings are standard of care nowadays. ...Read more

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Which blood pressure monitor to get?

Which blood pressure monitor to get?

Automatic upper arm: The american heart association recommends upper arm cuff automatic monitors, and to avoid wrist and finger monitors. This website provides a comprehensive list of home BP monitors that have been tested and validated: http://www.Dableducational.Org/sphygmomanometers/devices_2_sbpm.Html#armtable i suggest measuring BP several times a day an averaging all results. ...Read more

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Which is the preferred blood pressure monitor?

Which is the preferred blood pressure monitor?

Omron: I've always been a fan of omron. Their machines seem to hold calibration well, are fairly accurate, and several models can even take a correct blood pressure with an irregular pulse (a big issue for most machines). Apparently i'm not alone... http://www.consumersearch.com/blood-pressure-monitors. ...Read more

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I want recomendations for home blood pressure monitor for women?

Any automated: Arm cuff...Get appropriate cuff size for best results. ...Read more

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How accurate is a blood pressure monitor from,Omron? Are monitors way off?

How accurate is a blood pressure monitor from,Omron?
Are monitors way off?

Measurement: Measurement devices need to be calibrated periodically to document accuracy. Any device out of calibration won't be accurate. Some devices need recalibration more often than others. ...Read more

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What's the best, most accurate home blood pressure monitor? Withings or ihealth or something else?

What's the best, most accurate home blood pressure monitor?  Withings or ihealth or something else?

Most are accurate: Automatic BP monitors in general are quite accurate, if you use the arm (not wrist or finger units which are fraught with potentially more conflicting factors) cuffs correctly. I prefer the ones that pump up automatically since your self-pumping them may raise your bp, defeating the purpose of home monitoring. Note that bps are quite inherently variable, so averaging several bps are better. ...Read more

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My blood pressure and blood pressure monitor has given me almost silly results. Could I get some advice on this?

My blood pressure and blood pressure monitor has given me almost silly results. Could I get some advice on this?

Check equipment: Be sure you can calibrate your blood pressure monitor and take repeat measurements. Confirm these with a check by your doctor. ...Read more