Blood Pressure Monitors
Measuring blood pressure on a regular basis is an important part of preventive medical care for cardiovascular disease. Especially if your blood pressure is too high or too low, it is important to regularly observe and document your blood pressure values. The values measured by the patient provide information about how the blood pressure evolves over a long period of time, so that the doctor can adjust the treatment. Thus, it is very important that the taken values were also measured correctly. There are many commercially available blood pressure monitors that allow you to make a good self-measurement.
Measure the blood pressure correctly
High blood pressure patients should use their own blood pressure monitor to check their values on a regular basis. In general, you can choose between blood pressure monitors for wrist or upper arm measurement. Operation is simple and can be done from home. There are many blood pressure monitors available for a reasonable price. The blood pressure should always be measured at the same time in the evening or in the morning. Also, no antihypertensive agents should be taken beforehand. This is important so you can make sure that the values are comparable and not distorted.
Furthermore, it is important that the blood pressure is measured at rest. Ideally, you sit or lie down 10 to 20 minutes before. While measuring with your blood pressure monitor you should not move or speak. The blood pressure can also be checked by the octor or the pharmacy, but this can be very cumbersome in the long run as it is very time consuming and incurs unnecessary travel expenses. Another problem is that the values can be incorrect due to excitement and nervousness at the doctor's office.
Upper arm blood pressure monitors
Upper arm blood pressure monitors are often also used by the doctor. The operation is very easy. For the measurement, the cuff of the blood pressure monitors is applied to the upper arm. After that, the associated computer needs to be operated according to the instructions. Often, no more than one touch of a button is needed to get started.
Wrist blood pressure monitors
Wrist blood pressure monitors work similarly: the major difference is the placement of the cuff. With wrist blood pressure monitors the cuff is applied to the wrist. The blood pressure cuff must be at heart level. To assure that you can put your ellbow on a table or chair back.
Instructions for both blood pressure monitors:
1. The cuff is put on.
2. The cuff inflates until it stops the flow of blood.
3. The air is released and the oscillations in the blood flow are measured.
4. Once the blood returns to normal, the measurement is over.
The accuracy of both variants is very reliable and can easily be compared with the results from the doctor or the pharmacy. Minor differences may occasionally occur, but should always be discussed with a doctor. It's best to collect all data in your Blood Pressure App Cora for regular monitoring.
Reliable blood pressure monitors
There are many different brands of blood pressure monitors on the market. Reliable devices from Omron are among the best blood pressure monitors. A direct comparison of the readings from different blood pressure monitors can lead to deviations. Therefore, you should inform yourself before buying a blood pressure monitor. The best devices can be found in our blood pressure monitor test.