Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
In the past, wrist blood pressure monitor devices were smaller, simple to carry and more comfortable than other arm models, however, they were less accurate than those that inflated around upper arm. This is no longer an issue.
Wrist blood pressure device is accurate if you use it exactly as directed because it is quite sensitive to your body position. To get the best reading when you are using a wrist blood pressure monitor, your wrist and arm need to be at your heart level.
Measuring your blood pressure at the wrist is highly recommended, especially if you have a very huge arm or you experience pain when measuring your blood pressure.
Guideline when using your wrist blood pressure device
If it is your first time to track your blood pressure using wrist blood pressure device, it is advisable to take a few measurements every day so that you can understand your normal daily pressure variations.
If your blood pressure is normal, then you can measure the pressure once per month; if it’s high, and you are trying to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment program, check it once per week ( Preferably at the same time of the day). In case you have changed your doses or medications, check it every day, before and after taking your doses, until you and your doctor are certain that your blood pressure is under control.
Blood pressure taken at home
In case you blood pressure reading are different from those taken by your doctor, don’t worry as this is a very common occurrence. Due to this, it is advisable to take your wrist blood pressure machine with you, the next time you have an appointment with your doctor, so that he or she can check your pressure using both the normal upper arm as well as your wrist monitor, in the right position and check the accuracy of your wrist blood pressure monitor device.