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10/18/09 7:38 P

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I went the other day for a check up and they had to take my pressure three times because it was high when the tech took it. It was so tight, I actually got two black and blues on my inner arm!


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10/11/09 1:50 P

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I bought a Medline arm monitor. I had a wrist one, but it read way off, especially if my pressure was high. I am pleased with this one and it is just 2 pts off what my dr's readings are. To date, it has NOT hurt me at all.

I agree about the automatic ones in the hospital...make the nurse use it first!! Then do your arm!!

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10/5/09 3:15 P

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Vali_T, thank you, thank you. I thought I was alone in suffering with the discomfort of having my blood pressure taken. I have a Microlife monitor at home and it hurts and also when the doctor does it, the same thing. My eye doctor uses a wrist monitor and that doesn't hurt (of course a lot thinner there.)

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10/4/09 3:23 P

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Hospice has provided a wrist cuff blood pressure monitor for us to use with my mother. While helping her these past few weeks, I've also used the monitor and find it easy and reliable. Don't know how much they cost but the one that we have is a Walgreen's model. When the Hospice nurse comes to visit my mom, she also uses a wrist model to check my mother's blood pressure. Hope this helps you to make a good decision. Good luck!

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9/26/09 3:08 P

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My doctor's office has a larger cuff that they use with their automatic machine when they take my pressure, but it still hurts like hell.

The thing with these machines is that they go up to a predetermined pressure before they start to release the pressure and take your BP, and that predetermined pressure is really high and is what hurts me.

The other thing with these machines is that the predetermined pressure is determined by the last reading obtained on the machine. So if the last person who was tested had a very high BP reading, the machine is going to go up to a much higher pressure before it releases the pressure on my arm and takes my reading. By that time it's too late to take a second reading....the pain has already caused my BP to go through the roof. (So the person who comes behind me is screwed.)

The clinic I go to is affiliated with a state run universtity and so they have to treat anyone who comes in. As a result they treat a lot of Welfare patients who have not necessarily taken very good care of themselves, and a huge number of people in this state are in pretty poor health and have very high blood pressure.

I do a lot better when people get my BP by using the old fashioned method where they put a cuff on my arm and pump it up while they listen through a stethoscope. It's uncomfortable, but it doesn't cause me the pain that the machines cause.

Edited by: VALI_T at: 9/26/2009 (15:10)
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9/26/09 11:48 A

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For everyone complaining about their cuffs hurting - some of the automatics have a set number that they pump up to. My BP runs about 120s over 70s but my cuff automatically pumps up to 185. If your BP runs high then the doctor or nurse has to pump the manual cuff above that top number. If your diastolic runs around 160 then it needs to be pumped to AT LEAST 180. If you run around 130 then it needs to be pumped to at least 150. If your BP is doing well but you have a history of it running high then the doctor or nurse is probably going to pump it up pretty high.
When you originally put the cuff on then, yes, you should be able to slide a finger under the cuff. But in order to measure BP you need to actually cut off the circulation so it's supposed to get very tight.

Edited by: CMFARRA at: 9/26/2009 (11:53)
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9/26/09 8:14 A

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when i go to my doctor, her assistant hurts my arm when she takes my blood pressure. When the doctor comes in and retakes it for herself, it feels tight but not painful. My at home monitor states that when you put it on you should be able to slip a finger under it. it should not be painful.

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9/26/09 4:36 A

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If the arm cuff hurts you that badly then they are making it too tight or the cuff is too small. There is not a one size fits all cuff. There are multiple sizes according to arm size. Tell the doctor to get a larger cuff. If the cuff is too tight it will give a higher than accurate reading.

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9/25/09 11:16 P

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For me the arm cuffs squeeze me so hard and hurt me so much that I'm almost crying by the time they start to release the pressure. (And I believe that this causes my blood pressure to go through the roof.) So I use a wrist monitor and mine has checked well against the one at my doctor's office that causes me so damn much pain. I'm not going to go back right now to look, but I think that someone mentioned that the wrist monitors may not be quite as good as the hurty arm ones and so they should mostly just be used to keep an eye out at home for big changes.

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9/25/09 9:15 P

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I'm glad you asked, because I have been thinking of getting one myself. I didn't realize there was a wrist one.



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An accurately working one, hehe. just a joke. But seriously the wrist is not as accurate as arm cuff. I have a two family members in the medical field. My niece who is an RN and my sister who is a tech at the hospital. They both told me to get a arm cuff monitor when I asked them. They both said it would be more accurate. Also the digitals are just as accurate, and maybe more accurate, then a manual.

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I purchased an Omron wrist monitor as well a few months back. I took it in to the dr.s and the nurse checked it with theirs and commented that it was "accurate enough" for a home monitor. I think they are more to register the big swings. She said if this one starts reading high...get in to the office and have it checked. The wrist is fast and easy, but I do make 3 readings and average them. The thing we like about this monitor is that it also tells you if your heart is fluttering. We discovered that my husband has an electrical imbalance in his heart because of the little wrist monitor so it's worth the money if you're on a budget.

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My wrist cuff was almost 20 points (diastolic)lower than my arm cuff. My arm cuff was compatible with the one in my doctor's office. I agree with RENNEGADE - take it with you next time you have an appointment.

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what type is it. is it new, or just a new cuff for an old monitor.the arm one is supposed to be better, but only if it fits right. the wrist ones are supposed to give an OK reading.next time you go to the doctor, bring it with you so you can check it in front of the doctor.

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I purchased a cuff for my arm monitor but my mother-in-law has a wrist cuff. I noticed that my readings are so much higher with my monitor vs her monitor.

Any suggestions?

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