Different Types of Blood Pressure Monitors

Taking your blood pressure and keeping a record of the measurements is important. It will give you and your doctor information and how much your blood pressure changes during the day. Blood pressure monitor is an important tool in tracking your blood pressure. It is important to keep track of your blood pressure to monitor your condition. Blood pressure monitor detects both systolic and diastolic pressure. Having this kind of tool will help you understand more about the condition you are in and how these changes affect your daily activities.

 

Aneroid Blood Pressure Monitors or Manual blood pressure monitors-

 

Mostly you will see this blood pressure monitor at your Doctor's table. Manual blood pressure monitor includes arm cuff, a squeeze bulb for inflation, a stethoscope or microphone, and a medical gauge to measure the blood pressure. This monitor is the best if you want most accurate reading. Disadvantage is that these are of much bigger sizes as compared to digital ones. You need separate stethoscope.

 

Digital Blood Pressure Monitors:

 

Also called as Electronic or automatic blood pressure monitor. These are available with wrist as well as arm cuffs. But arm cuffs digital monitors are considered as more accurate as compared to wrist monitors. They have a display screen which shows results. More of these come with only one simple button. Wrap cuff, and click button, that’s it. The only disadvantage of these is that they are more expensive and sometimes does not give accurate result if cuff is not wrapped accurately. Better you take 2-3 readings whenever you use digital monitor.

 

Finger Blood Pressure Monitor:

 

New Technology has arrived. Those who have to take blood pressure frequently, this finger monitor is ideal for them. Just place your index finger in finger cuff. Cuff inflates automatically. LCD will show the results. Highly light weight and portable. Most people use this monitor, even knowing that this is not accurate as arm monitors. They usually prefer it because these are most light weight and don’t have to roll up their sleeves. Whenever you buy this monitor, always compare your readings with normal arm BP apparatus.

 

Pediatric blood pressure monitor

 

This monitor comes with small cuff and a LCD like LCD of video game. This blood pressure monitor will help in keeping the children calmed and entertained while having their diagnosis and treatment. Pediatric blood pressure monitor is being used to screen the hypertension for young children. It is noted that both systolic and diastolic pressure increased significantly in children because of the higher number of overweight and obese children. As the child becomes heavier, the risk of high blood pressure increases as well. Monitoring blood pressure for pediatrics and children is widely used nowadays.

 

Wrist blood pressure monitor:

 

If you have fracture of arm or have arthritis of elbow joints, the preferable monitor to use is the wrist blood pressure monitor. Although it is said that finger and wrist monitors do not measure blood pressure very well, many people are still using it. These are more sensitive to body temperature and body position so may give false reading. These are also too expensive. These come with a cuff, small LCD and a storage case. Some even with pulse monitor. These are highly portable. Manufacturers have come up with the idea of adding much utility to this device, and as a result, the wrist blood pressure devices are improved to look like a watch. For this reason, the wrist blood pressure monitor has brought the comfort of taking blood pressure into much greater dimension. This is especially made to suit the lifestyle of wide-ranging people.

 

Blood pressure monitor cuff:

 

When choosing blood pressure monitor, always see size of cuff first. If you are a fat person, don’t go for normal size cuff. You need a larger size cuff. If you will use normal size cuff, you may hyper inflate it, giving you false reading. For children, also use smaller size cuffs. All depends upon your arm size.

 

Whatever you choose for taking blood pressure, idea is try to select that blood pressure monitor which you can handle, read and operate easily and comfortably, thus giving you most accurate reading. While taking blood pressure, follow all precautions on leaflet that comes with any blood pressure monitor.