With one in 3 American adults suffering from high blood pressure, a health condition which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and premature death, it’s important you keep track of your blood pressure.
Not only those suffering from high blood pressure, even seniors whose pressure levels tend to vary and diabetes patients should monitor their blood pressure levels to keep their pressure under control. This is best done using blood pressure cuffs which let you monitor your blood pressure levels at home.
Types of blood pressure cuffs
Blood pressure cuffs are available online and at medical supply stores and pharmacies. They are available in two popular types; arm and wrist monitors where the arm monitors are attached to the arm and the smaller wrist monitors, to the wrist.
If you wonder which you should buy, these tips should prove helpful in helping you choose the best blood pressure cuff for yourself.
- Check the fit
The fit is important as a wrong sized cuff can lead to a bad reading. While most arm models fit arms measuring 9 to 13 inches in circumference, it’s important that the cuff you choose fits your upper arm’s circumference well. As most people need a different size, it’s better choosing one with an adjustable cuff which fits several sizes.
- Accurate readings
Check the monitor’s packaging to ensure it has been tested individually for accuracy and reliability. Wrist cuffs are generally less accurate than the arm models perhaps because it’s difficult to ensure it’s properly aligned to your heart’s level. This is why wrist models are not often recommended.
- Ease of use
You should be able to easily read and understand the monitor’s display. The monitor should also have big enough buttons and clear directions for applying the cuff and operating the monitor.
You’ll need a carrying case if you plan to take the monitor along while traveling.
- Additional features
Some monitors have additional features like irregular heartbeat detection for arrhythmias and other abnormalities, data-averaging function for getting an average of multiple readings, computer connections to download the data to your computer, multiple user memory to save previous readings of two or more users and a risk category indicator indicating high blood pressure levels.
With this information in hand, you should not find any difficulty in finding the perfect blood pressure cuff which helps you monitor and control your blood pressure levels!