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Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

At the time of posting we have over 50 items in our Digital Blood Pressure Monitors category so it is understandable how it can be daunting trying to chose the correct one for your needs.

Below, you will find our guide to choosing the right blood pressure monitor for you.

Blood pressure cuff on mans arm

For Use At Home

The beauty of digital blood pressure monitors is how easy they are to use, with no need for intimate knowledge of the heart. You can strap it on and get your readings almost right away.

Our best seller for use by the public is the Omron M6. This machine is not only easy to use and read with a Large LED display, but also comes with a day/night mode, advanced averaging function and irregular heartbeat detection. This means that more can be done at home and less time needs to be spent with a doctor. You can also get small and large cuffs, from 17cm to 42cm in diameter.

omron m6 blood pressure monitor

Another popular brand is A&D. Our current best seller of theirs is the A&D UA-651, which is small and lightweight as well as having a 30 reading memory and irregular heart beat indicator. This gives you a clear indication of when you need to see a professional.

In summary, digital blood pressure monitors can be fantastic to have at home. From simple, to more complex detection options, there are a range of prices and functionalities to suit you.

Professional Blood Pressure Monitors

Some monitors are too advanced to be viable for home use but are perfect for doctors, nurses and other medically trained professionals.

omron hbp1100 and omron hbp 1300 blood pressure monitor

The Omron HBP1100 and the Omron HBP1300 are the link between home and professional monitors, being suitable for both environments. Both offer amazing functionality and accurate measurements as well as being clinically certified. The HBP1300 even comes with a handle and shook proof bumper so is perfect for someone on the go.

Truly professional blood pressure monitors such as the Welch Allyn ProBP 2400 are not suitable for home use. This BP machine can detect irregular heart beats and uses microprocessor-controlled deflation rate which provides consistent technique. It also comes with a manual mode so it can be used much like a sphygmomanometer.

The most high end BP machines can reach up to £2000, and are rarely found outside of hospitals or private clinics. An example of such machine is the Spacelabs 90217. It utilises a proprietary oscillometric algorithm which has been proven in over 20 years use in paediatric, adolescent, adult and elderly patients with a variety of disorders. It also includes advanced Artefact Rejection Algorithms which discriminates between pressure signals, patient movement and respiratory artefacts. BP monitors like this should only be used by medical professionals.

Something Different

It’s not just the classic arm cuff and monitor setup available on the market. A popular option is the QardioArm Wireless iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor. This machine connects wirelessly to your smart phone and keeps track of any recordings you take. You can also connect with other people, including friends, family and your doctor, creating a support network for better health.

qardioarm iphone blood pressure monitor

 

Medisave and Riester attend BHS Clinical Education Meeting for Primary Care

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, Medisave were delighted to support Riester at the British Hypertension Society Clinical Education Meeting for Primary care at the Institute of Child Health in London.  Intending to support best practice and successful implementation of evidence based management and guidelines, the meeting has attracted over 1,400 GP’s Primary Care Cardiovascular leads, Lead pharmacists and nurses.

 

The programme was based on new developments in the assessment and treatment of hypertension in the community and aimed to consider pragmatic approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease and to achieve targets, including recent advice regarding use of ambulatory monitors.

 

In the afternoon Professor of Primary Care Research Richard McManus of the University of Oxford discussed the merits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in Primary Care. Alongside demonstrating Riester aneroid sphygmomanometers like the new E-Mega and diagnostic products such as the Ri-LED, a keen interest was shown in the ambulatory monitors such as the Omron M24/7, the A&D ABPM TM-2430 and the Welch Allyn 6100s – particularly in the wake of the recently released NICE Hypertension guidelines advising each GP surgery to keep at least one ABPM monitor in situ. It also gave us a chance meet with the makers of the revolutionary ABPM device the BPro Wrist ABPM with Software which proved a big success with the delegates and an item which we now are pleased to stock and sell.  All in all a successful day for Riester and Medisave and the opportunity to discuss current recommendations and procedures with those at the forefront of the latest assessments.