Blood Pressure Monitors
These days, many people have made the decision to invest in a blood pressure monitor which they can use in the comfort of their own home. This enables them to monitor their BP on a daily basis without having to make a trip to their doctor or local clinic.
There are a number of different types of blood pressure monitors available on the market today. In the event that you are looking to purchase a home blood pressure monitor, it is a good idea to discuss all the options available to you with your doctor or a health care professional. In addition to helping you decide which model would best be suited to your individual needs, they will also be able to give you advice on the most effective manner in which to take and record your blood pressure levels.
Possibly the most well known of blood pressure monitors is the traditional sphygmomanometer or blood pressure cuff. Sphygmomanometers use a conventional d-ring arm cuff, a stethoscopes and a mercury gauge to measure blood pressure levels. This device is most commonly used by health care professionals when measuring the blood pressure of their patients due to the fact that it is renowned for giving accurate readings each and every time. Although precise, these types of monitors are however not really suited to home use due to the fact that they are large and cumbersome.
Digital and aneroid blood pressure monitors have over the years become a popular alternative to sphygmomanometers. Aneroid monitors have built in stethoscopes that measures blood pressure levels and display them on a dial gauge. Although compact and easy to use, they are also incredibly sensitive and need to be readjusted on a regular basis.
Digital monitors make use of an inbuilt computer chip to measure blood pressure levels. Measurements and heart rate are then displayed on a digital screen. In advanced models this data may even be sent straight to a computer through the use of an adaptor or printed out by a mini printer built into the monitor.
Wristech Blood Pressure Monitor
Wrist blood pressure monitors and finger blood pressure monitors are usually incredibly compact and are thus possibly the most widely used of home blood pressure monitors. Most are fully automatic, and as their names suggest take blood pressure readings from the pulse in either the wrist or the finger. When making use of a finger or wrist blood pressure monitor it is vital that one ensure that the device is placed in the correct position before the reading is taken. This is due to the fact that both of these types of blood pressure monitors are incredibly sensitive to positioning and the slightest misplacement will result in readings being inaccurate.