Buying a Home Blood Pressure Monitor

What to Look for When Buying a Home Blood Pressure Monitor?

Monitoring your blood pressure has become so accessible. There are so many options for you to pick and choose from. This makes it overwhelming sometimes to the wide selection. How do you know which one to buy? The answer: it depends on what YOU need. BV Medical has been enhancing customers' health since 1989. We are here to help provide you information to ensure you pick the best blood pressure monitor for you! Here are some need-to-knows. 

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Types of Blood Pressure Monitors

Aneroid Sphygmomanometer. Don't be intimidated by the name! It is just a fancy way of saying manual blood pressure. These are best for medical professionals or students learning or prefer this type of medical device.

Digital Blood Pressure Monitor. This is the best choice if you are looking for day-to-day home blood pressure monitoring or would like to take a reliable reading quickly. Digital blood pressure monitors are available for arms or wrists.

Are arm or wrist blood pressure monitors better? Both are accurate if used as directed. Wrist blood pressure monitors may be best if an individual has a very large arm or find arm blood pressure monitors painful. Advise with your primary physician before choosing.

Pick the Correct Cuff Size for You

Before you purchasing a blood pressure monitor, it's vital to determine the correct cuff size for you. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Grab a measuring tape
  2. Measure the circumference of your left upper arm about midway between your elbow and shoulder
  3. Make sure it is not too tight or loose 
  4. Write down your cuff size for future reference

Read the product descriptions for cuff sizing information. If the blood pressure monitor does not have your correct cuff size then you can also look up additional cuffs for that monitor. Most monitors will have other cuffs that are available to purchase separately if needed. 

"Do I need to buy a monitor with a smartphone app?"

No, you don't have to! Some people enjoy the benefits of connected blood pressure monitor devices. Benefits included easy tracking, visually seeing your readings, sharing it directly with your provider, etc. Pick what is easier for you!

Check for Features

Some monitors have specific features unique to them. These features are available, and they may benefit you if needed. Here are some features to look out for. 

    • Accuracy
    • Clinically Validated
    • Irregular Heartbeat Indicator
    • Pressure Rating Indicator
    • One-Button Operation
    • Large Display
    • Advanced Averaging
    • Verbal Assistance

Make sure to read product descriptions to identify features that may ease the use of the device for you. Blood pressure monitoring should not be difficult! Keep it simple for you!

Where to Buy Blood Pressure Monitors

You can find blood pressure monitors from manufacturers, drug stores, retailers, online, and more. Prices vary from place to place. Research before purchasing to buy and support from a place you trust. 

BV Medical is a small business who is an Authorized Reseller of OMRON® and A&D® which are trusted blood pressure brands in the industry. We are here for you! If you have any questions or concerns about blood pressure monitors then we would be happy to assist you. We know how vital it is to ensure you are buying the best blood pressure monitor for you! 

 

Sources:

A&D Medical. January 2022.
American Heart Association. Monitoring your blood pressure at home. November 30, 2017. 
Cleveland Clinic. Buying a home blood pressure monitor. 6 things you need to know. October 5, 2018.
James Beckerman. WebMD, LLC. How to pick a home blood pressure monitor. July 19, 2021. 
Omron Healthcare. Blood pressure monitor buying guide. January 2020.
Sheldon Sheps. How accurate are blood pressure monitors. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. February 27, 2021.