Blood Pressure Monitors
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Your blood pressure is the strength of your blood pressing against your vessels. If it's too high, it puts strain on your arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. If it's too low, you may experience dizziness or fainting. You can monitor your blood pressure yourself at home with a personal blood pressure device.
Before you start
You'll need to think about a few different aspects relating to how you're going to be using your blood pressure monitor.
Is it right for you?
Some people become anxious measuring their own blood pressure and take readings far too regularly. If you're worried, it may be best to get your blood pressure taken at the doctors.
Do you need it when you're out and about?
If you need to take regular readings then you'll need a portable device, such as a wrist blood pressure monitor. Position your wrist at heart level to get an accurate reading.
Do you need to track over time?
Many monitors feature a memory function which records your readings over time. Some will even calculate the average of your last few readings.
Do you need to share?
Some blood pressure monitors can store readings for up to 6 people. This is really handy if someone-else in your home has high or low blood pressure.
Date & Time Stamp
This records the date and time of your reading so you can monitor your blood pressure at different points in the day. It's useful for spotting patterns and when you're sharing your readings with a doctor.
Look out for a blood pressure monitor with an LCD display screen and large numbers which are easier to see. Big buttons are also handy, particularly if you're visually impaired.
Wireless monitors automatically upload and save your readings to your smartphone device. This information can then be shown in easy to understand charts and diagrams.
Irregular Heartbeat Detection
This handy feature looks for signs of arrhythmia, a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. If your device indicates this, consult your doctor.
When taking your blood pressure, don't round measurements up or down as this can affect the advice and treatment given to you by your doctor.
If you get a high reading, try not to panic. This doesn't mean you have high blood pressure. Take the reading again at another time and if it's still high, seek advice from your doctor.
Don't take your blood pressure too often as this may cause you to worry over small changes, which can then lead to temporary raised blood pressure.
Quitting smoking, reducing your caffeine intake, a healthy diet and decreasing your alcohol consumption can all help to reduce your blood pressure over the long term.
This guidance is provided to assist you to pick the right product for your needs. It should not be treated as professional health advice. You should seek advice from an appropriate medical practitioner if you have any concern about any product's suitability to you.
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