June 15, 2022 - Parul Saini, Webmedy Team
Monitoring your health at home can aid you and your doctor in keeping track of how your treatments are working and making adjustments to make you healthier. If you are suffering from blood pressure or have a high risk of developing blood pressure, then it is recommended that you monitor your blood pressure regularly. Now, you can even measure your blood pressure in the comfort of your home using a blood pressure machine without visiting a doctor's clinic.
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Doctors are telling more and more people with high blood pressure to check their numbers at home.
Why? At the doctor's office, your blood pressure reading only shows your numbers at that moment. A home monitor lets you check it as often as you want. This can give your doctor a better idea of your true blood pressure. The best way to know for sure if you have high blood pressure is to measure it several times a day for a few months.
Staying on top of your blood pressure is important, but it doesn't have to be difficult. With the right home blood pressure machine, it's easy to keep your health in check. By giving your doctor a record of your blood pressure reading between appointments, you're more likely to get the right recommendations and medications.
Research shows that home blood pressure monitoring can help people with hypertension keep their condition under control. For those who are just starting to take medications to lower blood pressure, monitoring at home can help determine how well the therapy is working. Minor fluctuation in daily monitoring of blood pressure is fine as long as the figures are near the average 120/80 mmHg. So, in a way monitoring Blood Pressure at home can be motivational and also give you real-time feedback.
When it comes to home blood pressure machines, you have a lot of options to choose from. So, if you are looking for a home blood pressure monitoring device, here are some tips to help you pick the right one.
The size of the cuff is the most important feature to check when you're selecting a blood pressure machine. The size relates to the circumference of your upper arm. A cuff that doesn't fit properly on your arm may give you inaccurate readings. These are the recommended sizes:
Accuracy is one of the most important things to look for in a blood pressure monitor. Ensure that your blood pressure machine is clinically approved for accuracy to obtain accurate results.
A user-friendly interface with large numbers and big buttons makes it easier to navigate the blood pressure monitor and understand the results.
Many blood pressure monitors these days are equipped with the function to store readings, even for multiple users. This feature is really helpful if one or more people in your house are suffering from hypertension.
Someone who is constantly traveling and on the go might benefit from a portable option.
Go for the one that detects an irregularity in the heartbeat too along with monitoring your BP. This way you can keep an eye on potential troubles and health risks.
Some blood pressure monitors can link to your iOS or Android device wirelessly using Bluetooth. This is a great option to store the monitored data electronically all in one place so you can refer to it whenever you want.
Typically there are two types of blood pressure monitor: Automatic and Manual. Automatic BP monitors inflate the cuff automatically with a single push of a button, unlike the manual model that requires you to pump a bulb to inflate the cuff yourself. The automatic BP machine tends to perform better than the manual one.
Some different options for Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors are:
This is the most popular BP monitor available in the market. If you are using a digital model, then the cuff will automatically be inflated and the reading will get displayed. These days most digital monitors come with 'risk category indicators', so you have an additional benefit. Also, the upper arm cuff blood pressure monitors(regardless of whether they are digital or manual) tend to be more accurate.
These monitors are fully automatic as well as easy to use but they are less accurate than the upper arm cuff BP monitors unless you have your arm and wrist positioned exactly at heart level. You must follow the manual very closely because there's a lot of room for error. Wrist monitors are easy to travel with and can be more comfortable than upper arm monitors.
These are very similar to wrist monitors. They're small, easy to travel with, and more comfortable than an upper arm monitor. Again, the main shortcoming is that it's not the most accurate.
Today, in the world of wearable devices, you can use a blood pressure monitor watch to measure your blood pressure levels by reading your systolic and diastolic pressure levels. Blood pressure monitor watches and fitness trackers give you the freedom to take measurements as often as you choose to, even on the go. Some of these devices also count steps or monitor sleep patterns.
Using a blood pressure monitor is just one way to improve your health so you can live a safer, more active life. The blood pressure machine you choose should be the one that's right for you and suit your budget and needs.