I’m obsessed with those blood pressure monitors in the pharmacy aisle. You know the ones that you stick your arm into and they tell you not to talk and to stay really still and then your kids misbehave but you can’t reach for them or say anything because you’ll mess up your results and have to start over? Well, if I had one of these Omron HEM-780 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuffs I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore, would I? Of course, I’d still have to stay still and not yell at my kids and I couldn’t reach for them, but I could lock myself in the bathroom for the couple of minutes it takes to do it. And THAT I can’t do at the pharmacy.
Blood pressure is, well, the pressure of the blood pushing against your blood vessels as it travels through them. If the vessels are narrowed for any reason, the pressure becomes higher and the heart has to work harder to get the blood to go through. This can, of course, lead to even more severe serious health issues. This is why it is important to monitor your blood pressure, even if it is usually normal.
Systolic and Diastolic
There are two numbers in a blood pressure reading: the systolic and the diastolic (commonly referred to as the top number and the bottom number… very creative, no?). The systolic, or top number, is the pressure, measured in millimeters of mercury (I have no clue why this is), during a heartbeat. That’s why the top number is usually higher. The pressure is greater when the heart is actively pushing the blood through the vessels.
The diastolic (bottom number) is also measured in millimeters of mercury (and I still don’t know why) and is the pressure of the blood in the vessels between heartbeats. This number is lower because the blood is not being forced through the vessels, it’s at rest.
An average blood pressure is 120/80. Blood pressure that is considered “high” is usually one above 140/90. The more critical number is the bottom, diastolic, one. If the pressure is high when the heart is not pushing the blood, this is an indicator of a health issue requiring further attention for diagnosis.
Time to Check
The Omron HEM-780 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff uses Omron’s IntellliSense technology and ComFit Cuff to provide comfortable, easy, blood pressure measurements for arms of 9-17 inches. The following guidelines will help you to get an accurate blood pressure measurement:
- Avoid smoking for 30 minutes prior to testing
- Avoid eating for 30 minutes prior to testing
- Avoid exercising for 30 minutes before testing
- Remove tight sleeves from the arm you will be using to test
- Sit comfortably upright in a chair
- Put your left arm through the ComFit Cuff to about one half inch above the elbow
- Position the green marker next to the artery on your inner elbow
- Secure the Velcro
- Place your arm on the table at heart-height
- Press the start button and remain still
- The cuff will inflate and numbers will flash
- When finished, the cuff will deflate automatically
- Your blood pressure and pulse will appear on the screen
It is a good idea to keep a chart with the date, time, pulse, and blood pressure. Take it with you to your doctor’s appointments so that they can view any trends.
Before I run out and buy anything, I like to get second, third, and fourth opinions, don’t you? Here’s what people are saying about the Omron HEM-780 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff that earned it an overall 4.2 out of 5 stars:
One of the reviewers is a primary care physician. Some of her patients have actually brought their Omron HEM-780s to the office to check the accuracy against her equipment. She reports that this one seems quite accurate and the easy cuff application with auto inflation, accuracy, memory, and averaging feature make it a great option. She even bought one for herself!
The Omron HEM-780 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff is currently in stock at Amazon.com.
For me, anyway, this would be a great buy. I could monitor my blood pressure without any external pressure that might make it go up! Considering the endorsement from a doctor, I’m thinking this might be the one for me. What do you think?