5 Reasons to Get a Blood Pressure Monitor

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Having your blood pressure check is painless, easy, quick and inexpensive.  It can be done at a clinic or at home. According to the statistic by cdc.gov, 1 in every 3 American adults has high blood pressure.  It is highly recommended to get a monitor at home to do self check on your blood pressure regularly even if you are currently not diagnosed with high blood pressure for the following reasons:

  1. It is a "silent killer" with no obvious symptoms, regular monitoring will help in combating the disease at early stage.
  2. It can give a picture of what your blood pressure is as you go about your daily life.
  3. You save a lot of medical bills by early detection, early treatment is always easier and more economical.
  4. You are more in control of your health.  Immediate action can be taken when you discover an elevating trend in your blood pressure and it is always less challenge to manage in an early stage.
  5. You can keep track of how well medicine or lifestyle change is working for you. 
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6 Tips of Choosing the Right Blood Pressure Monitor

There are many great selection of blood pressure devices available in the market.  Pay attention to the following 6 features while choosing the right type of blood pressure equipment:

  1. Digital or automatic monitor: It is easiest to use.
  2. Upper arm monitor:  Upper arm monitors usually give more accurate and consistent results than the one that measures at your wrist or finger. 
  3. Clinically proven accurate:  Be sure to get "clinically validated" type of monitor that you and your doctor can trust.  This means that the digital monitor has been evaluated by an independent organisation and tested against as well as met the stringent requirements as set out by numerous international organisations such as the British Hypertension Society (BHS), European Society for Hypertension (ESH), and International Protocol (IP), just to mention a few.
  4. Right cuff size: An upper-arm monitor will come with a cuff that you need to wrap around your arm. If you use a cuff that is the wrong size for you, you will get an inaccurate blood pressure reading.  Here is how to measure: Take the measurement around your upper arm at the midpoint between your shoulder and elbow, and choose your cuff size from the specification of the product. Most home used monitors will come with a standard sized cuff. If you find out your size is out of the standard range, you may have to order a different-sized cuff separately.
  5. Your budget: The price of blood pressure equipment can vary, from $20 to more than $200. This usually depends on the number of extra features that the digital monitors offer, like a built-in memory, bluetooth function, ability to connect and transfer data to different app etc.  Some extra functions may be attractive, it is not a must.  All you need is a clinically validated monitor, a pen and paper to record your readings on a booklet. Choose a home used blood pressure equipment that you can afford.
  6. Regular maintenance:  To ensure the equipment's correct functioning and accuracy, it is highly recommended to re-calibrate the monitor every two years.  To have your automatic home monitor re-calibrated, you will need to send it back to the manufacturer. There will probably be a fee for this service.

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Best Selling Blood Pressure Monitors for Home Use

Here is the list of top selling Omron's blood pressure monitors.  They are all clinically priven accurate.  In summary:

  • Standard cuff size: 9-13 inches, Large: 13-17 inches.  Omron patented ComfitCuff: flexible to fit both small and large sized arm
  • 3-5 series: Quick and simple features
  • 7 series: Add on features like blood pressure indicator and ComfitCuff
  • 10 series: More advance feature like AM/PM averaging, compatible with Microsoft Health etc.

Feel free to visit the links for more information. 

1.
  • One touch use
  • Irregular heartbeat detector
  • Memory storage: 14
2.
  • All functions in 3 series
  • Memory storage: 60
  • Advanced averaging (You can get 8 weeks history of your weekly morning and evening BP averages by 1 touch of button)
  • 2 user mode
  • Hypertension indicator
3.
  • All functions in 5 series except 2 user mode
  • BP Level Indicator
  • AC adaptor
  • Detects morning hypertension
  • ComFit Cuff: pre-formed arm cuff expand to fit both large and regular sized arms
  • Cuff wrap guide (Detects if the cuff has been wrapped correctly on your arm)
4.
  • All functions in 5 series
  • 2 user mode
  • Memory storage: 200
  • AM/PM averaging
  • Calibration check system
  • Tru-read: automatically takes 3 consecutive readings 1 minute apart and computes the average

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