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Old 12-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default Blood pressure meters .

My BP meter is a pain in the ass .

I am immobile of late with a minor injury ( Achilles tendon ) and
have been wondering what effect it would have on my BP .

Today sitting in exactly the same position taking a sequence of
uninterrupted readings I get ....

141 132 125 133 124 129 126

If I discard the first reading that leaves a 7 point gap between
high and low .

When I pay more than 20 bucks for something I expect
a stable reading accurate to 3 decimal places thank-you .
Mr Omron get your act together .
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #2
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That is not unusual for the numbers to vary some. Vital signs including blood pressure fluctuates. Your numbers are pretty close together. I am assuming the numbers you posted are your systolic pressure (the top number).
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Yup .

Is there any brand that gives a consistent reading at a reasonable
price . My doc only takes one reading .
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You`ll never,never get the same reading consistently. Your blood pressure varies every minute.
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Yes, more than your position and motion, (or lack of it), affect blood pressure. A yawn, deep breath, even a change in emotion will trigger significant changes. Subtle hormone changes can do it as well. It's rare it's the same a minute or two running...
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I was really just venting my frustration with the damn thing
rather than expecting any revelations or improvements.
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It's probably a decent machine. If the figures didn't vary muc, I'd be concerned about its accuracy.
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My BP meter is a pain in the ass .

I am immobile of late with a minor injury ( Achilles tendon ) and
have been wondering what effect it would have on my BP .

Today sitting in exactly the same position taking a sequence of
uninterrupted readings I get ....

141 132 125 133 124 129 126

If I discard the first reading that leaves a 7 point gap between
high and low .

When I pay more than 20 bucks for something I expect
a stable reading accurate to 3 decimal places thank-you .
Mr Omron get your act together .
Were you reading TBM at the time?
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I am measuring blood not bowel pressure .
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Get the most out of home blood pressure monitoring

Checking your blood pressure at home is an important part of managing high blood pressure. Find out how to use home monitors accurately.
By Mayo Clinic staff
If you have an irregular heartbeat, home blood pressure monitors might not give you an accurate reading.
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:01 AM   #11
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Until I started to monitor my BP at home I had no chance of getting it under control.
Going to the GP every three months for a BP check meant that I would be stressed that my BP would be high and invariably it would be through the roof.
Now I know my daily BP measurements before I see the doc and I get checked in a relaxed mood and usually BP is healthy (although I am on medication).
When I got my monitor I had it checked at the docs against his monitor to compare measurements and it was very similar with it's readings.
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Try taking your blood pressure when you have to go pee really badly! I was late to a dr. appt and I really needed to go but thought they might ask me to pee in a cup. So I was seriously squirming when they took my bp. It was stupid high! I asked the nurse if I could pee and then retake the test! It turned out pretty normal!
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Consumer Reports tested home blood-pressure monitors ranging in price from $30 to more than $100. Testers compared the results to readings from a standard device - the kind found in a doctor's office. Some of the home monitors strap on the arm, while others wrap around the wrist. Dr. Santa says, “Wrist cuffs are small and convenient, but our tests showed they aren't as accurate as arm cuffs."

In all, Consumer Reports tested 13 home blood-pressure monitors - and named two of the arm-cuff monitors best buys. The Microlife Deluxe Automatic for $40 comes loaded with features - like the ability to store readings for two usersand download results for easy sharing with your doctor.

The second best buy - the $34 Relion from Walmart - has fewer features, but is also very accurate.
http://www.normal-blood-pressure-diet.com/relion.html
Relion Auto-inflate Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
- Rated a best buy, this monitor features irregular heart beat detection, date and time memory, 5 year limited warranty, cuff measuring 9 - 13 inches in circumference, AC adapter, easy to read systolic, diastolic and pulse display, and artery marker for correct cuff placement. Price $39,88 on last check.

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Blood-pressure monitors: Wrist models now more accurate
Sep 6, 2011 6:35 AM






In the past, while blood pressure monitors that inflate around your wrist are smaller, easier to carry and often more comfortable than most arm models, we found wrist models less accurate than those that inflate around your upper arm. No longer.


Two wrist models from our latest tests, one from Omron and one from Rite Aid, equaled the best arm models in accuracy. The Omron 7 Series BP652 was the highest-scoring model overall, and was also tops for comfort. It comes with a built-in positioning sensor that lights up and beeps to tell you whether the monitor is at heart level.


Positioning the cuff turns out to be one of the keys to accurate testing.The Omron and Rite Aid monitors instruct you to sit in a chair and hold your arm across your chest (imagine pledging allegiance). That may be why they outperform the other wrist units that ask you to hold your arm out (elbow down) over a table. Despite our technicians’ careful efforts to ensure proper alignment, none of the models that use the latter method, past or present, could equal the best arm models-or the top-rated wrist models that use the cross-your-heart approach.

Bottom line:
Our latest blood-pressure monitor Ratings have more recommended models than before, including our first-ever recommended wrist models. More choice is great news for people with borderline or high blood pressure. Home testing is essential for these groups. Recent research shows that taking an average of several readings over time provides the most reliable measurement. Home testing can actually be more accurate than the results you get at a doctor’s office. See our full blood-pressure monitor report and Ratings.


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Positioning the cuff turns out to be one of the keys to accurate testing.The Omron and Rite Aid monitors instruct you to sit in a chair and hold your arm across your chest (imagine pledging allegiance). That may be why they outperform the other wrist units that ask you to hold your arm out (elbow down) over a table. Despite our technicians’ careful efforts to ensure proper alignment, none of the models that use the latter method, past or present, could equal the best arm models-or the top-rated wrist models that use the cross-your-heart approach.
I tried both ways described above. With my arm across my chest did come up with the lower reading. All in all, both readings were pretty good for someone with my health. 120/74 85bp arm on desk, 103/70 85bp across chest.
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Thanks Sonny , I will investigate .
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October 2011 consumer reports blood pressure monitors (845.85kB)

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