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Blood Pressure Monitors

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Summary:
Blood pressure monitors allow you to keep track of your own blood
pressure, in the peace and quiet of your own home, without having to go
to the doctor. This will put you in control of your own health, so that
you can look for signs of your blood pressure changing, and then visit
the doctor when you need.


Keywords:
Blood Pressure Monitors, Digital Blood Pressure Monitors, Reliability of
Blood Pressure Monitors, Wrist Blood Pressure Moni tors


Article Body:
Blood pressure monitors allow you to keep track of your own blood
pressure, in the peace and quiet of your own home, without having to go
to the doctor. This will put you in control of your own health, so that
you can look for signs of your blood pressure changing, and then visit
the doctor when you need.

Measuring your blood pressure at home and keeping a record of the
measurements will show you and your doctor how much your blood pressure
changes during the day. Your doctor can use the measurements to see how
well your medicine is working to control your high blood pressure. Also,
measuring your own blood pressure is a good way to take part in managing
your health.

To measure your blood pressure at home, you can use either an aneroid
monitor or a digital monitor. The aneroid monitor has a dial gauge that
is read by looking at a pointer. The cuff is inflated by squeezing a
rubber bulb. Digital monitors have either manual or automatic cuffs.

One advantage of the aneroid monitor is that it is portable, and its cuff
has a built-in stethoscope. The aneroid monitor also has some
disadvantages. First, it is a complicated device that can easily be
damaged and become less accurate. This monitor may not be appropriate for
hearing-impaired people, because of the need to listen to heart sounds
through the stethoscope.

Because the digital monitor is automatic, the blood pressure measurement
is easy to read, since the numbers are shown on a screen. Some electronic
monitors have a paper printout that gives you a record of the blood
pressure reading.

A disadvantage of the digital monitor is that body movements or an
irregular heart rate changes the accuracy. You should have your monitor
checked once a year. Proper care and storage are also necessary. Make
sure the tubing is not twisted when the monitor is stored, and keep it
away from heat. Periodically check the tubing for cracks and leaks.