Omron HEM-650 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with APS (Advanced Positioning Sensor)

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imageIt’s always handy to know your normal blood pressure range. For example, recently I had a medical procedure to remove a suspicious lump from my side. Part of the “intake” evaluation was taking my blood pressure, which was 194/104. The nurse gave me a look of abject terror before asking if I usually “ran high”. I assured her that I usually ran around 114/76 and was very anxious about the procedure. That eased her mind somewhat and the numbers did go down a little by the end, but she called the next day to make sure my BP had lowered. I have a traditional sphygmomanometer at home with a stethoscope, but it is tough to use on my own. I’m thinking it’s time to look at some of the automated models. That way, I can keep a record of my “normal” just in case I run into similar scenarios.

Normal Blood Pressure

While 120/80 is considered “normal”, variations in blood pressure are also normal. They depend upon stress, age, heart condition, medications, and activity levels. So, while 120/80 is “normal”, don’t expect your numbers to be exact.

Not Your Ordinary Blood Pressure Cuff

The Omron HEM-650 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with APS (Advanced Positioning Sensor) is unique in that it takes blood pressure readings at the wrist rather than the upper or lower arm. Traditionally, upper arm readings are done in the doctor’s office. Recent automated machines near pharmacy counters use the lower arm for readings. This particular device uses a wrist unit.

The use of the wrist is handy for those who have difficulty placing the cuff on their arm, have larger than average upper arms, and are looking for a more comfortable alternative.


  • Wrist cuff
  • 90 reading memory recall
  • Date and time stamp
  • Ability to average last three readings
  • Irregular heartbeat detection
  • One touch operation
  • Extra-large digital display
  • 5 year warranty

In the Box

  • HEM-650
  • 2 – AAA batteries
  • Carrying case
  • User manual

Specific to Wrist Monitors

Advanced Position Sensor (APS) ensures that the cuff is in the correct position and on level with the user’s heart for accurate readings. Read instructions carefully for proper positioning because if not appropriately positioned, results will be compromised.

Does it Work?

According to users who ended up giving it an average of 4 out of 5 stars, it sounds like it works pretty well. One reviewer bought it for her 88 year old mother who needs to monitor her BP regularly. She can’t use the store ones because, for medical reasons, she can’t use her left arm – not to mention the inconvenience of having to go to the store every day to do it! The large print and ease of use sold them on this unit. They don’t even have to record the results because she takes the device with her to the doctor and he can scroll through 90 days of daily results.


The Omron HEM-650 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with APS (Advanced Positioning Sensor) is available at The site indicates that it is currently in stock and qualifies for free super saver shipping.

Bottom Line

The fact that this unit actually detects irregular heartbeats is a real plus. Many people with cardiac disorders can benefit from this additional information.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.