How to Read Your Own Blood Pressure
After your doctor has confirmed a diagnosis of high blood pressure he or she may recommend you continue monitoring the pressure at home. There are many home monitors on the market. You do not need a prescription to buy this device. Even so, it is sensible to use one recommended by your doctor. This will ensure the monitor you select has been properly tested for performance and accuracy.
The Two Types of Monitors Most Widely Used at Home Are:
This type of device makes use of an arm cuff that is inflatable and a stethoscope. A rubber tube links the arm cuff to a gauge. The gauge notes the pressure. Measurement of pressure begins when the cuff (placed around arm) is inflated by pumping a bulb at the end of the rubber tube. You listen to your blood flow through the main artery of your arm. Pressure lessens in the arm cuff. You use the stethoscope to listen.
A manual monitor is cost effective but harder to use.
This device has an arm cuff and a gauge that notes blood pressure. All it takes to inflate the arm cuff is a push of a button. This device automatically computes by measuring variations in the movement of the main arm artery when blood moves through when the arm cuff deflates.
This type of device can be attached to the upper arm, wrist or finger. However, the most accurate is a device for the upper arm. Those for fitting to a finger don’t have a good reputation for accuracy.
Not only does a digital monitor automatically deflate but it lets you know via an ‘error message’ if not properly fitted.
Every person’s precise blood pressure situation is unique and the only way to use the most suitable monitor at home is to communicate with your doctor.Related Stories: