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What are shopping tips for choosing a home blood pressure monitor?

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Make sure it fits. An arm cuff that’s the wrong size can affect your readings. Your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist can tell you what size you need.

It’s OK to be frugal. A high-tech wireless monitor can cost $200, but it may not be better or more accurate than a much less expensive model.

Think about features. Do you want multiple cuffs? Do you need a device that stores information for more than one user? How about a large display? These features and more are available on different models.

You may find some monitors simpler to use and read than others. Try out a few before you choose.

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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