Advice on blood pressure monitors
Measurement via the upper arm or wrist?
There are two different types of blood pressure monitors on the market, namely blood pressure monitors that measure via the upper arm, and blood pressure monitors that measure via your wrist. The upper arm blood pressure monitor is the most used and also the most reliable blood pressure monitor. This is because this blood pressure monitor automatically measures at the height of the heart. The wrist blood pressure monitor, on the other hand, is not at the height of your heart, so the risks of an unreliable measurement are greater. We briefly outline the advantages and disadvantages of both blood pressure monitors.
Pros and cons of measuring locations
Upper arm blood pressure monitor
- Automatically measures close to the heart.
- Monitor is on the table for easy reading.
- Easy to achieve a good measuring position.
- The cuff should be on a bare upper arm, meaning garments almost always have to be removed.
- For older people or people who have difficulty moving, attaching a cuff to the upper arm is more difficult.
Wrist blood pressure monitor
- Easy to use.
- Garments can almost always stay on.
- Easy to carry thanks to its small size.
- Measuring with a wrist blood pressure monitor must be in a specific position, with the wrist at the height of your heart.
- Chance of movement during the measurement is greater due to the necessary measuring position. The risk of an unreliable measurement is therefore greater.
Monitoring your blood pressure yourself
Monitoring your blood pressure means that you can recognize and keep up with certain trends and patterns. Many blood pressure monitors have a memory function in which measurement values are stored. This is very useful when you have started with a healthier lifestyle and want to recognize any improvements. There are even blood pressure monitors available that can be connected to your computer. Use the supplier's software to analyze and view the stored measurement values on the computer, smartphone, or tablet. Clear graphs with possible improvements and trends are easier to keep track of.
Using a blood pressure monitor with multiple people
When the whole family wants to measure their blood pressure, it's easy to search for a blood pressure monitor that is suitable for multiple users. This means that this blood pressure monitor doesn't only have a memory function for you, but also has room for any family members or friends.
Calculate average blood pressure
To top it all off, there are even blood pressure monitors available that can calculate the average blood pressure immediately during the measurement. But it doesn't stop here. The monitor doesn't simply calculate an average, but it calculates various averages. Think of the average value of the last 7 morning and evening measurements. This is often an average that doctors are interested in. These measurements are always performed at the same time and give a clear picture of the morning and evening blood pressure.
Good to know
Measuring your blood pressure seems easy and simple. That's because it is. For an accurate and reliable result, it's important to always read the manual. A mistake can quickly be made, resulting in an unreliable measurement.
- Before you start the measurement, provide a moment of relaxation for yourself. Sit on a chair for 5 minutes and take some rest.
- Be sure to measure your blood pressure 1 hour before or after you eat, smoke, drink, or take medication.
- Measure the blood pressure in a pleasant position, preferably sitting, with your arms resting on a table.
- Make sure the cuff is properly attached. It shouldn't be too tight, but certainly not too loose either. When you measure your blood pressure with an upper arm blood pressure monitor, the cuff should be about 3 centimeters above your elbow and the tube should be on the inside of your arm.
- A well-fitting cuff is very important. A standard cuff is often included, but this size isn't perfect for everyone. Do you perhaps need a larger or smaller cuff? This is possible!