It might be necessary for individuals to chart their blood pressure, if they are diagnosed by hypertension. The frequency of checking can vary for different individuals – it can be according to doctor’s instructions or weekly or even daily. Checking blood pressure can be done at home, especially if you need to do it frequently. The higher your blood pressure values, higher number of measurements are needed. With suitable practice, it is easy to read and monitor your blood pressure like professionals. There are different types of blood pressure monitors available in the market today including the aneroid (manual) monitor and the digital blood pressure monitor.
Aneroid Vs Digital Blood Pressure Monitors
The digital blood pressure monitor is more expensive, but easier to use than aneroid blood pressure monitor. The digital blood pressure monitor is rather a small device, about the size of your cell phone with a cuff to wear on the arm or wrist. In digital blood pressure monitors, all a person needs to do is to wrap it around the upper arm or wrist, then push the button. The cuff will be automatically inflated and the readings are displayed on its screen. The diastolic pressure will be revealed within a minute or much lesser time. On the other hand, the aneroid monitors are more difficult to use and is much more difficult to read than the digital blood pressure monitors. They are provided with a stethoscope connected to the cuff. They are also more vulnerable to damage and are more breakable. The digital blood pressure monitors are less complicated than the aneroid monitors and are more clear and accurate. When using the digital blood pressure monitors, there is no need to hear sounds through the stethoscope.
Different Digital Blood Pressure Monitors
Before purchasing the monitor take the doctor’s advice about the monitor most suitable for your condition, needs and abilities. Digital blood pressure monitors come in wrist, finger as well as arm models. They are available in manual and automatic models, but the deflation is usually automatic invariably. The upper arm digital blood pressure monitors are more reliable and accurate than the wrist or finger digital blood pressure monitor as these are more sensitive to the fluctuations in body temperature and the motions of the body. The upper arm digital blood pressure monitors are wrapped on the upper arm at the front of the elbow crease using an arrow to the front above the artery pulse. It is possible to store and keep the record of an individual’s readings over time in its memory. Although many of the expensive models of the wrist or finger digital blood pressure monitors have been trying to be more accurate, still they are behind the upper arm monitors. Whereas some models print out your readings, in some models readings can be downloaded into the computer, which can be analysed using a blood pressure analysis program, a part of the unit. There are also digital blood pressure monitors, where there is an audible indication of the blood pressure and hence useful to people with poor eyesight.