We have tested blood pressure monitors and come to the conclusion that Omron M6 Comfort IT is best in test. It's a reasonably priced bloood pressure monitor with a high-end cuff and a low and subtle sound level during measurement. All the advantages of M6 Comfort IT when it comes to user friendliness, quality and functions makes this a favourite for us. The best wrist cuff blood pressure monitor is Beurer BC 32. This blood pressure monitor is quiet and has a clear display, all while having a cuff that is easy to put on.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. For our tests of blood pressure monitors, we enlisted the help of a registered nurse, who tested and evaluated the different models with her colleagues in a hospital ward in Stockholm. When they tested blood pressure monitors, they primarily looked at the following properties:
Does the machine have an option to save previous values and can the values be read in any way other than on the blood pressure monitor?
Target group focus
Is the screen easy to read even for someone who is older or who doesn't have perfect vision? Can the cuff be adapted to fit well on different types of body?
Ease of use
What does the blood pressure monitor require from the user in the form of understanding of buttons and the position the user must adopt? How does the cuff feel during use?
The nurses’ overall impression of the different blood pressure monitors was then compared to the product price to arrive at a score.
In simple terms, this method means that the cuff contains a small microphone, and when the cuff is inflated the blood supply is restricted. When the air is released again, the microphone perceives the first (systolic) and last (diastolic) heartbeat. The upper pressure, the systolic, is the pressure when the heart contracts to pump blood out into the body. The lower pressure, the diastolic, is the pressure when the heart relaxes and refills with blood. A home blood pressure monitor can be useful if you have had unusual pressure readings on several occasions at the doctor's. The most common target group is often patients over middle age, but it isn't unusual for many other people to want to have a good overview of their health. Being able to measure blood pressure at home is much easier and less time-consuming than regular visits to the health centre. If you have your own blood pressure monitor, it's often possible to store previous measurements too, so that you can more easily compare and keep better track of how your blood pressure develops over time. Different models of blood pressure monitors can have different functions. However, they can all measure the lower and upper pressures and the user's pulse.
The difference between a cuff for the wrist and one for the upper arm is only a question of user-friendliness. Measurement is carried out in the same way, but for those who aren't used to the operation it's much easier to attach a cuff correctly to the upper arm. Wrist cuffs have position sensors that means that they don't inflate, or alternatively don't give a little twitch if the cuff isn't in the right place - which may sometimes be difficult to find. If you want to easily take your blood pressure monitor with you to work or on your travels, one with a wrist cuff is easier, as they are smaller and more discreet. It's essential that the cuff is positioned exactly where it should be for the reading to be correct, so if you aren't confident, an upper arm model is preferable.
There are a few things you should think about before you buy a home blood pressure monitor. If you can, it's sensible to try out the cuff on yourself or on the person who will use the monitor, to make sure it fits well. For very slim or large arms, it's often more difficult to find a cuff that fits. Older people with fragile blood vessels can also find it rather painful to use a cuff that squeezes very tightly, or one that releases the air so slowly that the arm or wrist is under high pressure for a longer period. If your sight isn't great, it's also important that the screen is bright and clear.
The top tips of experienced nurses for successful measurement of blood pressure: always take the pressure at the same time of day, and relax for at least 5 and ideally 20 minutes before measuring. You should also always use the same arm for measuring. However, if you already know that you have an irregular pulse, you should always have your doctor measure your blood pressure.
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