If you are concerned about your daily healthcare, the use of a home blood pressure monitor will give you a greater sense of involvement for that purpose.
Blood rich with oxygen is pumped to the organs of the human body through arteries with every heartbeat. Every time the heart contracts, the force that is exerted on the wall of these arteries will be measured by a blood pressure monitor which will then give you the pressure readings.
Particularly, if you are prone to high blood pressure, these monitors are very useful so you can take action when extreme variation occurs during your daily readings.
You should use your monitor around the same time every day, after sitting down resting for at least five minutes, to check your readings which will improve the reliability of the results.
These regular measurements taken at home can provide your doctor with valuable information on your normal values and pulse rate.
The two most common types of home blood pressure monitors available:
Upper arm digital monitors. These monitors are the most reliable and accurate with a cuff that goes around the upper part of the arm with an arrow sign that you have to put over the artery pulse at the front of your elbow crease.
Wrist or finger digital monitors. These monitors are less reliable and accurate than the upper arm models because changes in body temperature or movements can influence the readings. You must put your wrist monitor at heart level during readings to have accurate measurements.
Once a year you should compare the reading of you monitor against the reading at your doctors office to be sure that you have correct readings.
Also make sure that you have the right size of monitors cuff that fits comfortably around your arm because if the cuff is too tight then your reading will be higher than the true reading.
How the home blood pressure monitor works:
The cuff will inflate to a certain level and then deflates again when you push the start button on your monitor. A sensor in the cuff will detect your heart rate and thereby gives you two readings, the higher number showing your systolic and the lower number showing your diastolic pressure, for a normal healthy person respectively 90 – 135 mmHg and 50 – 90 mmHg. The monitor will also detect your pulse rate which for a healthy person will be around 80 per minute.