Blood Pressure Monitor
Sometimes a health care provider will suggest that a person get a
blood pressure monitor for their home if there are serious concerns
that the person has worrisomely high blood pressure. Having a device
at home enables the patient to keep a closer watch on their
hypertension condition and be able to notify their health care
provider if the levels increase in any manner. As well, checking at
home may affect the true readings since in their own home a person
is more relaxed and less tense. So, often for people who have high
blood pressure an at home reading, while high, may not be as bad as
one taken in the doctorˇ¦s office.
It is easy to get a home device to measure blood pressure. You do
not need a physicianˇ¦s approval, there is not a prescription
necessary to allow you to rent or buy one. It merely requires
finding the right supplier and making your arrangements. They are
easily found in the bigger pharmacies and in most stores that carry
There are two types of these monitors that are commonly used in the
home. One is a digital machine that makes use of a cuff. The cuff is
placed on the arm and then a pump is used by the person to increase
the pressure much the same way the doctor does. This device then
requires the person to listen to the sounds made; again much like
the physician does, using a stethoscope. This is a rather
complicated and somewhat difficult device to use for the average
person and may not be the best choice unless the person has some
The digital machine works much easier. The cuff inflates itself and
the device will measure the sounds itself. The best of these are the
ones that use a cuff for the arm just like in the doctorˇ¦s office.
They will give you a read out so you will know what the results are.
If you do not want o get a blood pressure monitor for your home you
can always use the ones that are now at most pharmacies. They just
may not be as accurate as the at home devices will be.