Easy to Understand Guide to Blood Pressure and BP Monitors by Comfort House

According to the Mayo Clinic, “checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure.”  In addition the American Heart Association projects that one in three Americans has high blood pressure.

Comfort House has solutions to provide you with the means of helping identify high blood pressure and performing periodic home checks of blood pressure.  Manual and automatic arm monitors and wrist monitors are available in a range of prices to fit every budget. Table top, wall mount, and readily portable wrist devices are shown at: http://www.comforthouse.com/bloodpreshea.html

Blood pressure is measured as a set of numbers.  The first number, or systolic pressure, indicates the hearts pumping pressure.  The second number, or diastolic pressure, is a measure of the pressure between heartbeats.  Optimal pressure for an adult would be a systolic pressure below120 millimeters of Hg with a diastolic of less than 80 mm of Hg and would be expressed as 120/80.  A systolic above 140 and diastolic above 90 are an indication of hypertension or high blood pressure.

If you, or someone in your family has a history of hypertension, it is important to monitor the condition on a regular basis at home, not just at the time of your doctor office visits.  Home monitoring helps track your treatment, can cut down on the number of doctor visits (and costs) you need to make, and will check if your pressure is different outside the formality of a doctors office.  Some patients exhibit so called “white coat syndrome” where their pressure rises greatly in the presence of a doctor or other medical professional which could result in improper treatment.

Most blood pressure monitoring equipment sold for the home today has digital readouts and come in three main configurations: finger, wrist, and arm.  The Mayo Clinc recommends the arm monitor as the most all around accurate, with the wrist monitor as a second choice.  The finger monitor is not recommended due to accuracy factors.

When contemplating purchase of such a unit, the following factors should be taken into consideration:

· Do you want a regular dial or digital readout?
· Do you want manual inflation and the use of a stethoscope or a completely automatic unit?
· Are the numbers large enough to easily read?
· Are the operating controls large and plainly marked?
· Does the cuff fit comfortably on your arm or wrist and is it easy to put on and take off?
· Does the monitor have a recording memory to automatically keep track of your readings?  Some monitors even have more than one memory bank to keep track of the pressure of two or more individuals.
· Some monitors have an irregular heartbeat detector built in.
· Some monitors have a USB cable to download the data to your computer or to print out the results for permanent record.

Omron blood pressure monitor
Shown here is an Omron blood pressue monitor that has the ability
to log and track your progress via computer.

Comfort House has a wide selection of monitors from Zewa, Omron, and LifeSource and there is sure to be one to fit your requirements.

Copyright 2012 Comfort House


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