Blood Pressure Monitors
Blood Pressure Monitors for Home Use
Monitor your heart health from the comfort of your own home with an easy-to-use blood pressure monitor. Helpful for conditions like hypertension or hypotension, blood pressure monitors allow you to keep track of your blood pressure daily so you advise your doctor when readings are elevated.
What is hypertension/blood pressure?
Hypertension is a common condition in which blood pressure is elevated to unhealthy, higher than normal levels. As hypertension increases your risk of serious medical problems such as a heart attack or stroke, it is vital to know if you have high blood pressure so you can work with a doctor to manage it.
Why it is important to monitor blood pressure at home
If you have high blood pressure, having the ability to monitor your levels at home frequently and in your natural environment is a helpful way to get a more accurate indication of your blood pressure, which helps your doctor determine the best treatment option.
How to use a home blood pressure monitor
Follow the below steps to ensure you obtain an accurate reading by using your blood pressure monitor correctly.
- Sit in a relaxed but upright position with both feet flat on the floor with your back supported.
- Slide the blood pressure cuff over your arm, securely fastening it about 2.5 cm above your elbow, ensuring your arm is slightly bent and comfortably supported at heart level.
- Press the "on" or "start" button and the cuff will automatically inflate for a few seconds before beginning to deflate.
- Within a few seconds, your blood pressure measurement will appear on the screen.
Understanding the numbers and readings
A blood pressure reading will give you two numbers, written like a fraction: the number on top is systolic, which measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats and the one on the bottom is diastolic, which measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
Ideally, systolic pressure should be between 90 and 120 while diastolic pressure should be between 60 and 80.
Choosing the best monitor for you
When choosing a blood pressure monitor (or bp monitor), pick a reputable brand that is easy to operate, compact, easy to read and within your budget.
Different styles available
Medical professionals either take blood pressure readings using an automated arm cuff monitor or manually with a sphygmomanometer cuff and a stethoscope, however, blood pressure monitors for home use typically come in two main styles:
- Arm cuff: The most widely-used office and home blood pressure monitor, these automated upper arm blood pressure monitors use an upper arm cuff to measure blood pressure.
- Wrist cuff: Wrist blood pressure monitors may be accurate if used exactly as directed. However, they are extremely sensitive to body position and in order to get an accurate reading when taking your blood pressure with a wrist monitor, your arm and wrist must be at heart level.
Does the cuff size matter?
In order to obtain an accurate reading, it is essential that you purchase the correct size cuff to fit your arm.
Finding the right size cuff for you
In order to avoid a false reading that's too low (with a cuff that's too big) or too high (with a cuff that's too small), make sure the inflatable part of an arm cuff covers about 40% of the circumference of your upper arm and about 80% of the area from your elbow to shoulder.
Why home blood pressure monitoring is useful
When at the doctor's office, patients frequently get a temporary higher than normal blood pressure reading, otherwise known as “white coat hypertension", due to stress or anxiety.
As blood pressure varies frequently and is affected by factors such as emotion, breathing, body position, sleep and exercise, measuring blood pressure at home, in a more natural setting, helps obtain a more accurate picture of someone's blood pressure.
Tips for using your new blood pressure monitor
- Follow your individual product's instructions to ensure you are using your monitor correctly.
- Ask a healthcare professional to teach you how to use the device, then have them check your technique.
- Sit in a comfortable position, without distractions and refrain from talking or moving for a few minutes before taking the reading.
- Avoid caffeine or other stimulants, exercise or smoking for half an hour before measuring your blood pressure.
- Take your blood pressure twice, a minute apart, and do so at roughly the same time of day.
When is the best time to measure blood pressure?
The best time to measure your blood pressure is when you are calm and relaxed and have not recently ingested caffeine or other stimulants. Be sure to take your blood pressure routinely at the same time of day.
Differences between using your left arm vs your right arm
It's normal to get slightly different readings between your left versus your right arm. If your average arm-to-arm difference is more than ten points it might indicate a serious circulatory problem that could lead to peripheral artery disease, stroke or other cardiovascular issues.
Do they provide an accurate reading?
Digital blood pressure monitors are fantastic for home monitoring of blood pressure, however need to be used correctly to provide an accurate blood pressure reading. Please follow your individual product’s instructions carefully to ensure proper use.
Which brands to look out for
Omron blood pressure monitors and brands such as Microlife, Pharmacy Care and Amcal’s own brand produce trusted, quality products to help monitor your blood pressure.
When to seek medical advice
Seek immediate medical attention if your blood pressure changes suddenly or your level rises to 180/110 or greater.
Buying a blood pressure monitor online at Amcal
Amcal makes buying online easy and stress-free by stocking Australian brands like Omron that give peace of mind with 5-year warranty periods on all their automatic blood pressure monitors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Pressure Monitors:
What Is the most accurate blood pressure monitor for home use?
The best blood pressure monitors on the market will only give an accurate reading if used properly. Search Amcal’s wide selection of brands for blood pressure monitors and other helpful healthcare devices and aids.
What are the top 5 blood pressure monitors?
There are many different brands and models to choose from when selecting a blood pressure monitor. The top 5 monitors specifically for you depend entirely on your own needs, requirements, budget and which features are important to you. Shop online at Amcal today to browse our selection of trusted, best-selling products.
What blood pressure monitor should I buy?
When choosing a blood pressure monitor there are several brands to choose from, as well as ones that have features like pulse oximeters, hypertension indicators, as well as ones that can also monitor heart rate and can alert you to arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Ultimately, the make and model you choose will be influenced by your preferences, the features you want and your budget. If you have any further questions about our products, come into your local Amcal today to speak with one of our helpful pharmacists
Do home blood pressure monitors work?
Home blood pressure monitors are handy devices to routinely keep track of your blood pressure from the comfort and convenience of your own home. For more helpful products to monitor your health, visit our medical equipment & aids section.