Being able to take ones own blood pressure reading at home using a blood pressure monitor can help enormously in preventing White Coat Hypertension (the elevated blood pressure readings that occur in a surgery or clinic environment) and achieve a more accurate reading, that is not skewed by the environment. So being able to have a good quality home blood pressure monitor can help get an accurate reading without interference. Therefore, it is important that any blood pressure monitor review that is used to inform a potential buyer is reliable and provides sufficient information to identify the features that are needed to ensure an accurate reading.
There are lots of sites online, which sell blood pressure monitors. But unfortunately many do not have customer or professional reviews of the monitors to help with the buying decision.
Places that can offer reviews include amazon.com, support forums and chat rooms where people discuss high blood pressure issues. However, it is worth ensuring there is no conflict of interest, and that the review is not biased and reflects the benefits of the particular blood pressure monitor in question.
Another great place to search for blood pressure monitor reviews is on independent medical sites such as quickmedical.com, which allows you to compare the features of the various different models and makes that are available.
Plus there are sites like dynamic-living.com, which offer blood pressure monitoring equipment for sale and then ask people to review the products for them.
Some things to consider when buying a blood pressure monitor include:
The usability of the product.
Many of the blood pressure monitors that can be used at home have a number of different features. For instance, some come with stethoscopes, some have an automatic cuff inflation unit built in. Others will “speak” the reading for those that have eyesight difficulty.
It is important to ensure that the person who will be using the equipment is going to be able to use it effectively. Therefore those that have problems with dexterous tasks may want to avoid the blood pressure monitors that require use of a stethoscope and a pump for inflating the cuff.
Also, for those that are hard of heading a monitor that automatically detects when to make the blood pressure reading would likely be easier to use than one with a stethoscope.
The functionality and accuracy of the product
The accuracy of the blood pressure reading is of course vital. Blood pressure monitors accuracy is now very good, and it is comparable with readings that are taken in a doctor’s surgery. However, to be sure that the monitor being purchased is calibrated correctly ensure that there have been validity checks carried out, either by a doctor or by the manufacturer.
The ability to transport the product
For many, the ability to take blood pressure readings when they are travelling is a key consideration. Having a monitor that can pack away safely and travel without effecting the monitor’s accuracy will be important to some.
If there is doubt about a blood pressure monitor review and uncertainty about which one of the many hundred products available, then a quick discussion with your doctor to ask them if they have any recommendations is advisable. It is likely that their other patients have bought blood pressure monitors and have shared their experiences with the doctor.
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