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What are pros and cons of using wrist monitors for blood pressure?

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Some blood pressure monitors are designed to be worn on your arm or wrist during the day.

They may be less accurate than the more common ones that use a cuff. That’s because you need to take the reading with your arm at heart level. Other positions can affect your numbers. But they could be a good option if a cuff monitor hurts or if your upper arm is too large for one.

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

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