Your Home Blood Pressure Monitor – How to Make Sure You Use it Correctly

If you have decided you are going track your blood pressure using a omron blood pressure monitors then firstly you need to decide which type you are going to buy. And basically there are 2 types. The Aneroid and the Digital monitor.

The Aneroid monitor has a dial with a pointer from where the measurement is read and after placing the cuff around your upper arm is inflated by pumping a small rubber bulb. The level to which it is inflated is just guesswork to begin with and measurement starts by slowly releasing a valve situated on the bulb. There is normally a built-in stethoscope in the cuff so you don’t have to buy one separately. These are fairly complicated machines to operate and tend to be easily affected by bumping and jolting which can make it inaccurate. If you have a hearing problem you may find using one of these difficult to cope with as you will have to listen to the sounds of your heart pumping through the stethoscope.

The Digital monitor on the other hand can be manually or automatically operated. The resultant readings are flashed up on a small screen so you do not have to watch and dial and record the readings. Most monitors will save the readings for you and there are even some that will provide you with a paper printout. This type of unit is easier to operate than the aneroid as it has the gauge and stethoscope in one unit and you don’t have to do the listening to the stethoscope. The only thing to really watch out for when using it is to ensure your arm and cuff are at the same level as your heart and that you make no movement when measurements are being taken.

Irrespective of which one you choose there are some common basics to be followed to ensure you get the best results possible from your omron blood pressure monitors. Before you take your measurements:

Fast, at least half an hour before taking your readings, from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco.

Relieve your bladder.

Take some time out. Relax for about 5 minutes without talking or moving around. Quietly meditate and reflect on some calming scenes.

Ensure you are seated comfortably, back supported, legs and ankles uncrossed with both feet flat on the floor.

Place the cuff around your upper left arm approximately an inch up from the crook of your arm and the tubing facing towards the crook of your arm. The cuff must not be placed so tight that you are unable to push a fingertip underneath the edge of it.

Make sure your arm is resting on a table and that your arm and cuff are at the same level as your heart.

Now you should be good to go. You should always take a 2 or 3 readings each time, a couple of minutes apart. Your first reading will generally be higher than the rest.


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