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Monday, July 26, 2010

Blood Pressure Monitors Explained

Have you ever come across those blood pressure monitors in the store and had your arm squeezed for free? Some people need to take their blood pressure on a regular basis and need a home unit. There are many types of blood pressure monitors, so here is a guide to help you decide which one is best for you:

* Wrist Monitor - Worn on the wrist and automatically inflates, providing readings on the LED display. The size makes it great for travel.
* Manual Inflation Home Monitor - Also known as semi-automatic, these monitors require self pumping of the bulb and provide readings on an LED display. Economical and efficient.
* Automatic Inflation Home Monitor - These monitors inflate with the touch of a button and provide readings on an LED display. Available in basic models to advanced, depending on how many readings you need to take and record, along with other information such as heart rate.
* Physician Grade Manual Monitor - Inflation requires pumping of the bulb and readings are shown on a manometer. Available in basic and in a kit with a stethoscope to read heart rates.

All monitors should include an arm cuff. Larger cuffs are available for purchase seperately. Each type of monitor is available with different options.

Now that you have your readings, what do they mean? According to the Mayo Clinic, here is a general guideline. Of course always consult your doctor for accurate result interpretation and consultation.

Top Number - Bottom Number - Category
Below 120 - Below 80 - Normal Blood Pressure
120-139 - 80-89 - Prehypertension
140-159 - 90-99 - Stage 1 Hypertension
160 or more - 100 or more - Stage 2 Hypertension

To get an accurate reading, you should take your blood pressure twice while sitting down.

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