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Blood pressure monitors, is upper arm better than wrist?

Started 1286665832.807 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1286746989.323 by Ranchergal

What about V117531, does this look like a good one? Any other recommendations?

Thanks

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depglass1286665999.0924103 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I think consistency is what counts. I've had a wrist monitor for years, Omron from QVC. If your numbers compare to your doctors when you buy a new monitor, just stay with that one. The doctor is looking for patterns, take it the same time of the day and when you are at rest, not after a set of tennis.

Noel71286666210.5434868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

In my experience, a full arm monitor is better than a wrist cuff. Maybe that's just because they're made better.

You can also use an arm monitor on your forearm, which can be easier for some people.

Costco sells a really good one for about the same price as the one you're looking at, and probably has better features. Additionally, if anything is wrong, Costco will take it back.

You can look online to see what they offer.

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midnight1286666275.143359 PostsRegistered 9/3/2006

Thanks!

midnight1286668330.583359 PostsRegistered 9/3/2006

Anyone else??

brewhaha1286668456.69345021 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

I've never been to a doctor who uses a wrist monitor.

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Hooty1286668598.619073 PostsRegistered 9/4/2006~War Eagle Country~

I have never had my BP take on the wrist, & I take meds for high BP, so I have had my BP taken many, many times!

midnight1286668632.6633359 PostsRegistered 9/3/2006

Our dentist uses a wrist one, but have heard the arm is more accurate.

DianaFran1286668644.6910849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

Let's put it this way: does your doctor use a wrist monitor or an upper arm monitor??? I rest my case.

erblst1286668743.2632531 PostsRegistered 5/19/2008Central NH

I'll agree it's the consistency that's important no matter which you decide.

I was taught the upper arm was used as it was closest to the heart. I'm assuming that is why dr.'s use that type of measurement.

Best of luck.

HoosierGirl1286668864.16576 PostsRegistered 5/2/2007

a wrist monitor is better than nothing, but the arm monitor is much more accurate...i have both, but if i am doing for more than a casual reason, i use the arm monitor.

*just sayin*

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lowmainten­ancegal1286670796.033931 PostsRegistered 9/3/2007

Look for one that can hold at least a week's worth of history. I had a high BP scare once. Doctor told me he wanted 2 weeks worth of readings, and 2 times a day.

For example, if you take your reading one time and it's high, that's not really an indication of a problem. If you take your reading morning (before drinking coffee) and then at night, after work and when you feel relaxed, if you have a weeks worth of data and there's only 1 incident of high BP, it could have been stress. If you have a weeks worth of data and you've 3 days worth of high BP, it's starting to look like a pattern.

Shelbelle1286717961.59334727 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I use a wrist monitor. I have terrible White Coat Syndrome and using a cuff at home would remind me too much of a doctor's office. I find my wrist monitor to be quite accurate. got mine at Walmart, it is Reli On brand, made by Omron, about $50.

hckynut1286745806.9319658 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska

midnight

I've had 2 Omron Wrist Monitors over the last 20+ years. I've taken both of them to my doctors/Cardia Rehab Classes(took 72 of them)/during my many hospital stays, and both of them were found to be just as accurate as those checking my BP, both my different types of machines and the old fashion, pump and listen method.

IMO, from what I saw and listened to in my Cardiac Rehab Classes, many of those taking their own pressure were not doing it correctly.

I don't know what item you mention here. I only know that when the times comes to replace our Omron BP Monitor I will replace it with the same brand and a similar model.


hckynut(john)




Cindy Shop­per1286746284.05710677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

Upper arm is better.

iachick1286746475.6773101 PostsRegistered 9/1/2008
On 10/10/2010 Shelbelle said:

I use a wrist monitor. I have terrible White Coat Syndrome and using a cuff at home would remind me too much of a doctor's office. I find my wrist monitor to be quite accurate. got mine at Walmart, it is Reli On brand, made by Omron, about $50.

I have terrible White Coat Syndrome, too, but use an Omron arm monitor to try to "desensitize" myself. Hate that I can't control it when I go to the doctor!

Ranchergal1286746539.084283 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007

The wrist monitors never worked with me. My readings were always too low with them. My doctor said to get a good upper arm monitor and use the left arm. I trashed the wrist monitors.

Ranchergal1286746989.324283 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007
On 10/10/2010 msbogwan said:
On 10/10/2010 Shelbelle said:

I use a wrist monitor. I have terrible White Coat Syndrome and using a cuff at home would remind me too much of a doctor's office. I find my wrist monitor to be quite accurate. got mine at Walmart, it is Reli On brand, made by Omron, about $50.

I have terrible White Coat Syndrome, too, but use an Omron arm monitor to try to "desensitize" myself. Hate that I can't control it when I go to the doctor!

Same here. My bp goes up so much when going to my GP that I fear I may have a stroke. The bp starts going up when I start getting ready to go for the appointment. If my mom has someone to drive her, she takes an anxiety pill before going to the doctor to help control the White Coat Syndrome.

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