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What Is A Blood Pressure Monitor

Aug 17, 2007
The purpose of this article is to provide information about a blood pressure monitor and how to use it. This is especially important if you are going to be monitoring your own blood pressure in a home environment.

A blood pressure monitor is a device that measures blood pressure, or hypertension. When you go to the doctor to have your hypertension check, the doctor places a rubber cuff around your arm and tightens it in order to cut off blood flow for a very short span of time. The blood pressure monitor is used to pump up the cuff and then it is used to get an accurate reading of your level of hypertension. The device most commonly used by medical professionals is known as a sphygmomanometer.

For those suffering from hypertension, a doctor may recommend that the patient obtain an instrument so they can perform their own readings on a regular basis. There are both automatic (also referred to as digital or electronic) and manual monitors. One of the most convenient types of monitors to use at home is one that is gaining in popularity, which is the digital electronic sphygmomanometer. This is composed of an arm cuff as well as an electric monitor, which allows you to see what your actual reading is. There are also monitors that can be worn on the wrist however these kinds tend not to give as accurate a reading as the aforementioned one.

Blood pressure monitors allow for self-measurement, which makes it possible for an individual to be more involved in their own care. This gives many patients confidence as well as a greater sense of control over their circumstances. They are also excellent devices for people who note that their blood pressure seems to only be high when they are visiting their doctor. Blood pressure can shoot up as a result of nervousness and stress therefore a home monitor will allow you to get a more accurate reading when you are in your own everyday environment.

Blood pressure units that are geared towards monitoring at home are broken down into three categories- mercury sphygmomanometer, aneroid equipment and automatic equipment. Adults or children who have arms which are larger or smaller than average size might need to buy a special-sized rubber cuff that can be purchased either at select pharmacies or through a medical supply company (orders might be taken by way of a website as well).

When it comes to choosing an appropriate instrument, it is important to discuss the options with your doctor to determine what is most suitable for you and your lifestyle. Always choose a unit that meets the necessary validation requirements according to the medical community. Your physician should be able to supply you with this information. Carefully read all instructions before you try out the monitor and make sure that the unit you bought is every bit as precise as the readings obtained in the doctors office. Have your doctor explain to you how to use your personal blood pressure monitor but keep in mind that you still need to make regular visits to see a healthcare provider. Home blood pressure units are not a substitute for expert medical care.
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