If you would like to check your blood pressure at home, you will need a blood pressure monitor. These monitors are not necessarily very expensive and are within the budget of most households. There are basically two types of home monitor: aneroid and digital.
The aneroid monitor has a dial-type gauge and you read off your blood pressure figures from that. It also has a cuff, which you wrap around your arm and which you inflate with a rubber bulb. The digital monitors also use a cuff, but it can be manually or automatically inflated. The results are read from a small screen. The choice is yours, but most individuals prefer the automatic digital monitor.
An aneroid home monitor is portable and necessitates neither batteries nor electricity and is somewhat cheaper than the digital version. It also has a stethoscope built into the cuff for easy monitoring. A problem could arise in noisy surroundings or if the user is hard of hearing. Someone with arthritic hands or fingers may have problems squeezing the bulb too.
Digital monitors are more expensive, yet they are more well-liked as well despite that, because they can be entirely automatic. The screen is also easier to read and some units come with a small printer to create a physical record of your readings. Other digital home monitors have a memory.
The one I use has three memories of thirty spaces each so that you can compare records for a month. Having three memories means that you can monitor and record readings for three separate people or three distinct time slots for one person for the period of a month. If you choose three time slots they could be morning, noon and night, as blood pressures differ during the day.
Whichever sort of monitor you choose, be sure that the cuff is the right size for you. Be especially careful if you have very large or very thin arms. Check the age range for the device as well. Mine says for use only on individuals more than 18 years, but does not say why.
If electricity or batteries is ever likely to be a a problem, then the automatic digital home monitor may not be for you, although you may be able to fix it up to photovoltaic cells to exploit the sun's energy.
Neither of these units are difficult to use, when you know how, so be sure that the instruction book does not look as if it was translated by machine. It is of course vital to know how to take precise readings and how to interpret them. In order to check the accuracy of your device it is worth taking it with on your next visit to your physician.
You can compare your readings against those of his sphygmomanometer, which is considered the gold standard of blood monitoring devices. Your doctor will also be able to tell you what your systolic and diastolic pressures ought to be.
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