Choosing a blood pressure monitor for use at home is not an easy task. Here are some tips to consider:
- The best option for most people is a digital home blood pressure monitor. While they are not as accurate as the mercury devices you see at your doctors, they don’t require the use of a stethoscope, and also don’t require any specific training.
- Digital blood pressure monitors come in three types – arm, wrist & finger. The most accurate of these is the upper arm cuff model, and it is difficult to recommend any other type UNLESS there is some medical reason why you cannot use an upper arm monitor.
- Read the instructions for using your monitor – a cuff that is not fitted properly will give inaccurate readings.
- Look for additional features that you will find useful, e.g. battery operated for portability, reading display size for those with vision problems, memory (so that previous readings are always available to check), and warranty.
A good home blood pressure monitor can alert you to problems. If you find you do have high blood pressure, do consult your doctor. Below are a list of home blood pressure monitors available online: