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DIY: Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

Posted on: October 4, 2009

Blood Pressure measurement at homeIncreasing number of people usually check their blood pressure at home by using upper arm digital blood pressure monitors, once every two weeks.  Because of its convenience, it is very easy to measure by yourself if your blood pressure is normal or not.  Several researches refer that the reading of blood pressure monitored at home is more accurate than measuring at hospitals or clinics.  People feel more comfortable to check their blood pressure at home than staying in medical environment.  When you are asked to have blood pressure monitored by doctor or nurse, you may notice that the result is often higher than normal level.  This condition is called ‘white coat hypertension’ which approximately affects the result by 30mmHg (systolic readings).

To measure your blood pressure at home is useful for people having problem with their blood pressure.  You can take the readings to your doctor for more information and also reduce number of visits to surgery doctors.  Many people like to check blood measure by themselves at home because they feel in control of their state of health.  Someone, moreover, enjoy using blood pressure monitor every day like daily schedule when they feel familiar doing so.  They can notice what type of activities, working or lifestyle affect to their blood pressure that can let them conceive much more about their health condition.

Anyway, certain physical difficulties may be discomfort for monitoring your blood pressure at home.  These troubles, for example, are irregular heart rate, lymphectomy or hurt arms.  If you are suffering from these problems, you should not take blood pressure reading as it may cause worse condition.

Before you decide to buy an upper arm automatic digital blood pressure monitor for home use, you can consult with your physician, nurse or manufacturer how often you have to measure, what time you should monitor your blood pressure and who you can discuss with etc.

Both types of blood pressure machines, automatic and semi-automatic, are available in health market for home use which you can store or print the reading out.  With automatic machines, the cuff is inflated and deflated automatically to fit your arm while semi-automatic machines, you have to inflate and deflated the cuff manually.

An important thing you should consider before buying blood pressure machine is its accuracy.  As consistently precise reading can help you and doctor diagnose your symptom and medical treatment, the exactness of machines should be the first property you examine before buying.  These following suggestions can help you select blood pressure monitor;

  • Upper arm blood pressure monitors can give better and more accurate readings than wrist or finger monitors.
  • Blood pressure machines approved by independent testing for accuracy are preferable as you can see “CE” marking shown on packages.  However, other tests by British Hypertension Society (BHS) or European Society of Hypertension are acknowledged standards of blood pressure monitors also.

Now some types of blood pressure machines can connect to personal computer or laptop to program or record your readings, for instance, A and D instruments – version of UA-767.


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