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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
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
Regular sized cuffs for blood pressure monitors are not big enough for me. Can you recomend another size please?
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
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
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
Any automated: Arm cuff...Get appropriate cuff size for best results. ...Read more
Not clear: Are talking about equipment failure? Your question is not clear. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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