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6/20/09 10:52 A

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I took my digital bp monitor into the doctor's office and we compared it with his. It was right on target. However my wrist monitor is not reliable and it's the same brand (Omron).

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6/20/09 8:54 A

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Digital BP Monitors are very popular among hospitals and doctor offices. I don't think they would be replacing the old type with the digitals if the digitals were so inaccurate. I have relatives who work in hospitals where almost all BP monitors are now digital. Dentist offices use digital, doctor offices use digital and they are very accurate as long as you are using it correctly.
As for a wrist monitor, they are known to be slightly off and not so accurate. You should also consider the fact that you may have decreased your BP. Remember though, if you have meds for HBP you will need to take them for the rest of your life. Once your BP reaches a level that you need to take medication to reduce it, you will have to take the meds for the rest of your life.

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6/19/09 5:29 P

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I have the type of cuff they use in the doctors office,My loving wife checks it for me when needed.I have found the digital ones to be way off.I tried the wrist one once have not had real good luck with the ones at the pharmices .My friend goes to his doctors office for readings the nurse never minds,Good Luck and have a nice Day. emoticon


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6/18/09 10:22 A

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I recently got a bp monitoring home machine...the wrist model...and I am a bit skeptical about the readings. Since 1994 I have been diagnosed with borderline to high blood pressure during my check ups. Since getting this wrist model, each reading states that my bp is in the normal range...not that I am complaining if this is genuinely so but it leaves me wondering if my doctors have been giving me a wrong reading these many years, whose reading is correct or is it that wrist models are not as accurate. Perhaps I have a mental block to this wrist model which, BTW, it was given to me although I had asked for the arm model.



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6/16/09 5:31 P

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A home blood pressure monitor is a smart idea. I waited to get one thinking it wasn't important. Then I was hit with a possible heart attack. I was lucky and it was a false alarm. One of the major problems the doctor found was my blood pressure. I have since invested in a home monitoring system. I got it at WalMart and paid less than $20.00 for it. I then spent around $7.00 on a larger armband cup(13") because it came with a small one. It is a life saver that every home should have. The recommended normal blood pressure is 120/80. NOTE to MEN: A high upper number(Systolic) is one of the leading causes of heart attacks in older men. In younger men ( under 35 ) it is the lower number( diastolic ) that is high and causes problems(WebMD, 2005). www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-bloo
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HELLO CATNIP, THINKS FOR THE REMINDER. WE DIABETICS HAVE TO REALLY KEEP AN EYE ON THIS STUFF SO THEY CAN REMAIN HEALTHY. CAT LOVER

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5/25/08 2:57 P

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I was going by 120/70, but I've been reading that they raised it.

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5/25/08 1:30 P

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This is great info, thank you.
I just have one question, I thought the new standerd for BP was 120/80, preferrably lower?

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Add to To-Do List: Check Blood Pressure

Older Folks, People With High Blood Pressure, Diabetes Should Monitor Blood Pressure at Home

By Kelley Colihan
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC

May 22, 2008 -- You know your blood pressure, right?

Most people have their blood pressure checked at the doctor's office or the pharmacy. But if yours is high or borderline high, if you are in your 70s or older, or if you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may want to start checking your blood pressure at home. That's according to a new statement issued by the American Heart Association and two other groups.

Because blood pressure can vary so much, the groups advise that it's more accurate to check your own levels every day or so, instead of at a doctor's office every few months.

"High blood pressure is notoriously difficult to treat. ... Many patients fail to reach target levels despite treatment," Thomas Pickering, MD, DPhil, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, says in a news release.

Pickering says "studies show home monitoring can help" track blood pressure levels in the same way that blood sugar monitors help people with diabetes track their blood sugar levels.

Sometimes, home blood pressure monitoring can show that there is actually no blood pressure problem at all. Studies have shown that between 10% and 20% of patients diagnosed with high blood pressure in a doctor's office actually have what is called "white coat hypertension." That means their blood pressures are normal but rise only when in a hospital or doctor's office.

At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Who should monitor blood pressure levels at home?

* People with high blood pressure or suspected high blood pressure
* People with diabetes
* People over age 70
* Pregnant women
* People with kidney disease

Here are some guidelines to follow when measuring your blood pressure at home:

* Do not smoke or take caffeine 30 minutes before measuring.
* Rest for five minutes.
* Keep your arm at heart level, support your back, and keep your feet flat on the ground.
* If you are right-handed, put the device on your left arm (and vice versa), or consistently take the measurement in the arm with the higher pressures.
* Take two to three measurements in the morning and two to three in the evening every day and keep a log of your readings.
* For long-term monitoring, checking your levels daily for one week every three months should suffice.

Your target blood pressure goal should be 135/85, or 130/80 if you have diabetes, heart disease, or chronic kidney disease.

Buying a Blood Pressure Monitor

Getting a home blood pressure device:

* The devices can be purchased for less than $100.
* Buy an oscillometric monitor (these are mostly automatic monitors that display blood pressure readings on a screen) with a well-fitting upper-arm cuff.
* Wrist monitors are not recommended.
* Once you have purchased the monitor, bring it with you to your next clinic visit so you can check your technique and the accuracy of your monitor.

The groups recommend only buying devices that meet the standards set by either the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) or the British Hypertension Society (BHS).

In prepared statements, Pickering says he hopes the recommendations will prompt people to use home monitors and usher in a "new era in patient and doctor partnerships," adding "it really does depend on the patients remembering to change their lifestyles or remembering to take their pills."

The recommendations are from the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses' Association.
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