Blood Pressure Kits Reviews

Home BP Kits

Blood pressure kits are available from most major pharmacies and health stores as well as some clinics and health care practitioners. For unacquainted individuals looking to purchase a home blood pressure monitor, deciding precisely which blood pressure device to choose can be difficult, not to mention confusing.

Awareness of the importance of blood pressure monitoring has increased substantially in recent years. Doctors have begun to encourage daily blood pressure monitoring more and more and the demand for home blood pressure kits has skyrocketed. Manufacturers are constantly improving blood pressure monitors so as to make them simpler and more compact.

Although the accuracy of aneroid, digital and wrist monitors has improved greatly in recent years, the majority of experts still agree that traditional mercury sphygmomanometers still provide the most accurate readings by far. That said, sphygmomanometers or " cuffs" as they are sometimes called are generally impractical for home use due toe the fact that they are by large quite cumbersome and difficult to use. Most sphygmomanometer blood pressure kits available are therefore geared towards medical practitioners rather than ordinary individuals.

Aneroid and digital blood pressure kits both have their advantages and disadvantages. Aneroid monitors as a rule are usually less expensive than their digital counterparts. They are however also far more temperamental and react very easily to stimuli such as movement and temperature, causing them sometimes producing inaccurate readings. By comparison, digital blood pressure monitor kits are easy to operate usually less sensitive. They are however also far more costly to purchase, a factor which is a deterrent for many people.

In the past, the accuracy of wrist and finger blood pressure kits was often questioned. These days however, technological advances have led to them being far more reliable. Wrist monitors in particular are easy to operate and are often used by elderly individuals who suffer from arthritis and find traditional blood pressure cuffs too painful to use. Currently, finger blood pressure monitors are only used as a last resort, although this is likely to change in years to come.

When purchasing a kit containing a cuff, it is essential to ensure that the kit contains the correct cuff size for your arm. It is advisable to get a doctor or pharmacist to measure your arm and give you a recommendation as to which cuff would be best suited to your size. Taking a measurement using a cuff that is either too big or too small will only result in an inaccurate reading which will be of no use whatsoever.


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