Automatic home blood pressure monitors have certainly made their presence into the homes of many individuals and families.  These blood pressure monitors, in a way, have a responsibility to ensure that it is doing everything it can to get its user an accurate reading.  Why?  Well, most people haven’t been trained to use these types of devices, so they ought to be as fool proof as possible.  Some of the best blood pressure monitors have the following features to make sure you get consistent accurate readings.

 

Ensures You’ve Wrapped Your Arm Correctly

Most home blood pressure monitors come with a cuff that wraps around your arm.  The monitor should be able to automatically inflate the cuff to the right amount of inflation for the size of your arm.  Over or under inflation can give you inaccurate readings.   The good monitors also let you know that you have wrapped your arm correctly with the cuff.  The cuff should be worn on bare skin, should be about an inch or two from your elbow, and your palm should be facing upwards.  If any of these are off, the monitor should notify you.

 

Let’s You Save And Export Your Blood Pressure History

Today, information is power.  We need the history of our blood pressure readings in order to understand your trends and to be able to tell if your condition is getting better.   The best blood pressure monitors will allow you to export or upload your data to a website that can visually show you graphs and trends.  Usually, they allow you the ability to email this data to your doctor so that can get a better idea of how you’re doing.  I’d also encourage creating an account at a website that will let you upload your data, like Microsoft Health Vault.

 

Averages Readings On Multiple Measurements

MonitorReadings can be thrown off easily, it’s just the nature of taking blood pressure.  The good home monitors with take a few different measurements and then average them out to give you a more reliable idea of where your  blood pressure currently stands.  Some monitors will average out your morning and night time readings since those tend to be a little different.

 

Hypertension Detection

It’s best to check your blood pressure when you aren’t worked up.  Meaning, your blood pressure shouldn’t be elevated.  Automatic blood pressure monitors should be able to check whether you are experiencing symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure).  In these situations, it’s best to relax for 20 minutes or so to allow your blood pressure to come down.

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