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2/5/10 6:55 P

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I have a panasonic and it is very accurate.

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1/26/10 11:41 P

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My BP monitor is called Life Source. I believe it cost around $100.00. It is very accuate, I have had it checked a few times at the docs and compared it with the one they have. I bought it 5 years ago and its still going strong.

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1/25/10 8:27 P

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Omron Intelli sense
I've had it for about 6 years and it still works perfect.

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I thought that I had a Walgreens brand wrist unit, guess I just don't read what the darn thing says because when I looked today I saw that it's actually an Omron and now I remember that my husband said to me that I should go ahead and pay more for a brand that I knew I could trust. He's also got an Omron wrist monitor and (I think) an Omron arm monitor that does NOT have a large cuff and thus squeezes me so hard that it makes me want to cry and causes my BP to jump outrageously high.

My wrist monitor doesn't always agree perfectly with the one in the doctor's office, but then it doesn't really have to. It's pretty close, and who's to say which one is really correct? And what does it matter anyway? I figure that as long as it's pretty close (which it always has been) then the only thing I really need it to do for me is to monitor how my BP goes up and down over the course of however many days. And it does that just fine, whether its readings are absolutely spot on perfect or not.

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1/24/10 5:42 P

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I bought a Panasonic. I like it because it's relatively small and it's accurate - I had it checked at the Dr office. It remembers 90 previous readings and you can scroll through them whenever you want. I've had it for a month now and still on the first set of batteries. I have a small calendar I keep with it and record my BP etch morning and etch night. this gives me a good way to look back and see trends and progress. BTW - I NEVER add salt to anything - haven't for my entire life. How many days is that (I'm 53)?

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1/24/10 2:33 P

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Reli-On upper arm. I got the extra-large cuff to go along with it as well, as the one it comes with would not be accurate for those above weight.

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1/24/10 2:19 P

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I have been toying with the idea of getting a BP cuff for a long time. I always see them behind the pharmacy counter and they are $65 or so... I bet I can use my Flex card to buy it. I am always checking for them to be on sale but they never are (sure wish I would have stumbled on that $10 one someone else found!) My Mom has a wrist one that she gets checked at her dr office often and it is right on. Now that I am DOING something about my weight and eating and watching my sodium I really want to get one. I would love to get off meds. I am on Diavan and a generic diuretic. Would love to get off the Diovan especially cuz it is so expensive, most of last year it was $40/mo, it went down in Oct cuz I went over a certain amount of out of pocket...

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I use an Omron monitor, it comes with a larger cuff and a smaller cuff, its pretty accurate to.

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1/21/10 7:47 P

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Wrist type

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9/21/09 10:53 P

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wrist type

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9/21/09 10:12 A

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Walgreens by H_OMEDICS

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9/21/09 6:46 A

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My husband and I use the Reli-On upper arm BP monitor.

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9/20/09 7:15 P

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I use an Omron blood pressure cuff. The cuff that my husband and I use is the one for large arms.It is very accurate.

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I have two, one ReliOn Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor and an upper arm one that I used for my Mom. That one is not working any more even though I changed the batteries but am satisfied with my wrist monitor.

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9/20/09 1:35 P

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I bought a Terry White Chemist (own brand name) which is very easy to use - $100 (Aust)
it has fuzzy logic & multi user & memory it also has a pulse reading and carry bag and a generous sized cuff and is clinically tested.
I think if you buy a brand name with a warranty they are pretty much all the same but the only thing that I would suggest is that you check the cuff size because some of them are smaller than others.
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9/20/09 9:04 A

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i use a wrist monitor i bought from the AARP pharmacy catalogue. We compared readings to the one in the doctor's office and It is right on so i am happy with it. Sure beats trying to use the wrap around on the arm type.

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9/19/09 5:36 P

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I use the OMRON Manual BP Monitor. Model: HEM-432C. My BFF is a nurse and picked it up for me. We tested it out and it seems to be pretty accurate. She did a manual reading and then had me use the Omron monitor and it was pretty accurate. I will say that with these types of monitors always check the arm cuffs. The one that came with it is fine but my friend said to get a bigger one if it feels uncomfortable.

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9/8/09 3:02 P

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I use a "ReliOn" model, purchased at WalMart a couple of years ago. I spoke with the pharmacist on duty and asked her for a recommendation. This is the type she uses because she thought it was more reliable. And it was less expensive.

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8/23/09 8:49 P

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I have a Omron Elite 7300W. I like it...cost $60 on Amazon.com

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8/9/09 10:41 P

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I have a nice one from Walgreens, called RELI ON. Wasn't terribly expensive either. Current reading: 123/82, pulse 64.

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8/6/09 12:08 P

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We have an omron hem-712c. My husband is leary of the results because he says the cuff is too small. They sell a larger cuff online that can be used with that machine.
The arm cuffs are for arms up to a certain circumferance and past that the readings can be affected.
I believe it's up to 13". The large cuff is for arms from 13"-17".


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Glad to help. I love learning new things about BP and sharing the info!



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8/3/09 8:33 P

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Very interesting, thank you. This article does say that the arm cuff monitors tend to be better, but then since they hurt me enough to make my BP go up I guess I'll stick with my wrist unit. If I keep on taking it with me to my appointments I'll have a pretty good idea of whether or not it's becoming inaccurate. And I do have hopes that one day I won't need to use it nearly as often as I do now.....

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8/3/09 9:46 A

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Thanks for your thoughtful responses! i finally picked one up at CVS. It's an automatic arm monitor. Now all i have to do is visit my doctor and try to get these numbers down.

Sonya_J - thanks for the link. Very interesting!

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I have a ReliOn digital monitor I got on clearance for $10 at Walmart, and it is a gem.
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That is a good link about monitors.



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Okay, in that case I would agree that your meter is probably the one that's inaccurate. Mine has proven to be accurate in the same side to side type of tests, so I guess I just got lucky and found one that was good. It's too bad that there's not more constency between individual meters, but I guess that's just the way things are and the way they will continue to be. I'll be interested in seeing what type of monitors others in the group are using and what kind of luck they've had with them.

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8/2/09 3:29 P

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i agree with you that if getting a reading is painful it makes the numbers higher. But i've compared readings from my wrist monitor side-by-side with my father-in-law's arm monitor, the doctor's office and also the automated one at the drugstore and the wrist monitor is consistently 15-20 points lower than all the others, so i have to believe it's inaccurate, for whatever reason.

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I have a store brand wrist unit that I bought at Walgreens. I've taken mine to my doctors' offices and checked it with their monitors, and it has been pretty accurate.

I think that the most accurate blood pressure readings you're ever going to get are the ones where a trained person uses a BP cuff to manually take your pressure. I suspect that the automated machines that squeeze the heck out of you cause your BP to go up because they cause so much pain. If you're basing whether or not your home monitor is accurate on the readings from a machine that causes you pain, I think that you might want to reconsider which reading is more accurate.

My husband has an automated arm unit that I used to try to use. It would hurt me so darn much that I finally decided to get my wrist unit. I tested our two units against each other, and the one that squeezed me until I wanted to cry consistently gave a higher reading than the one I use on my wrist that doesn't hurt me. Which reading do you think was the more accurate one?

So anyway, the bottom line of what I'm trying to say is that I don't think that the wrist monitors are necessarily less accurate or that the arm monitors are necessarily more accurate simply by virtue of what they are, or that you have for sure been getting a bad reading with your wrist unit simply becuase it's been giving you a lower reading than a different monitor.

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Thanks - i'm going to get an arm monitor at CVS today. It's interesting that your wrist monitor is also inaccurate.

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I have an Omron arm monitor which is very accurate. I bought it at the drugstore. I also have a wrist monitor that is not accurate at all.


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The one i've been using is a wrist-type and apparently the readings from it are 15-20 points LOWER than readings from every other monitor (doctor's office, drugstore, etc.)! All this time i thought i was doing better when in reality my numbers are worse than before. So i need to buy a new monitor, but would like some input as to which type to get. Thanks! emoticon

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