How do you think about this? – “About 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 75 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half (54%) of these people have their high blood pressure under control, CDC says” High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it. That’s why it is important to check your blood pressure regularly. So, a home blood pressure monitor can help us to flag this problem before leading to a stroke or other serious health conditions.
If you still looking for a gift that keeps on giving all year long and someone you loved has a problem with hypertension, consider giving a good home blood pressure monitor always the best choice. Unlike others medical tests which require a visit to a health clinic, blood pressure monitoring is something you could do at your home. In fact, the American Heart Association and other organizations recommend home monitoring for anyone who has high blood pressure.
Not only people with hypertension can benefit from a home blood pressure monitor, but this little machine can be especially helpful for older people, people with diabetes and for whom blood pressure control is important. Home blood pressure monitoring also has advantages that complement your scheduled doctor’s visits, including:
- Identifying your usual blood pressure — When you come to a doctor’s office, your blood pressure can be rise or fall than usual from many reasons, resulting isn’t representative of a typical reading.
- Better tracking of treatment progress — Home blood pressure monitor allows you to records your blood pressure regularly that can provide vital information to your doctor.
- Motivate better control — Home blood pressure monitor may motivate you to follow through with steps to controlling blood pressure, such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthier diet, and taking medication properly. You will happy to see your blood pressure level come in a normal.
- Cutting health care costs — Although there’s the initial investment of purchasing a home blood pressure monitoring device but you’ll always be able to cut down on the number of doctor’s visits and the cost for hypertension treatment program.
Recommended monitor types for home use
There are many types of blood pressure monitors in the market including traditional aneroid monitors, automatic arm cuff monitors, automatic wrist cuff monitors and automatic finger monitors. However, there are only 2 types that best for home use due to the ease of use and accuracy, the automatic arm cuff and the automatic wrist cuff monitors.
Automatic arm cuff monitors
This is the most popular and most accurate automatic blood pressure monitor type. They consist of an arm cuff attached to a digital readout device. Once the cuff is in place, it inflates at the touch of a button, takes your blood pressure reading, and then deflates automatically. Getting the appropriate cuff size for your arm is critical to accuracy. So, you need to measure and know your upper arm size to determine proper cuff.
Automatic wrist cuff monitors
This type features a cuff that goes around the wrist. To get an accurate reading, it’s very important that your hand and wrist be at heart level. These aren’t as accurate as monitors with an upper arm cuff, but they can be a good option for people who can’t have their upper arm compressed, such as those who have had a bilateral mastectomy or are getting kidney dialysis through their arm. In addition, people with very large upper arms may find the wrist cuffs more practical to use than the very large cuffs required by upper arm devices.
After you purchase a blood pressure monitor, always take it with you to your next doctor’s visit to making sure the device works properly. If it’s not accurate, so send it back while in a warranty. Your doctor or nurse also can teach you how to use it properly in order to get the accurate result.