High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common medical conditions to have. And, unfortunately, there are millions of Americans who are suffering from this disease.
While there are many people who have the disease due to family history, there are a number of people who made health choices in their lives that caused them to develop hypertension later on.
The insidious thing about this illness is that millions have it and don’t know it, because it has no definitive symptoms. Fortunately, there are a number of equipment options for individuals which will let them easily test themselves.
One such piece of equipment is a hypertension monitor. Many elderly individuals already have one of these devices. However, those who do not already have one and who wish to purchase a new machine should consider purchasing one of the automatic hypertension monitors. Be aware, however, that an automatic pressure cuff will cost more than a traditional aneroid pressure cuff.
The new technology has allowed many individuals to be able to use these pressure cuffs without any problems. A patient simply places their arm inside of the cuff. The monitor is attached to the users arm where it will then automatically read out the hypertension level of the patient.
These blood pressure reading are much simpler than most of the manual ones that many individuals use to take their own blood pressure. Although, a traditional manual pressure cuff can be purchased for home use, it is much more difficult for individuals to use on a daily basis. Many individuals forget to attach a blood pressure cuff and end up with inaccurate readings. The traditional pressure cuffs also lose accuracy over time and are simply not reliable.
The accuracy rate of some of the hypertension equipment in automated machines can change based upon body movement or heart rate. Individuals who are moving around while taking their readings or have a high heart rate after working out may be unable to get an accurate reading when using some of the equipment.
Another option for people who want an easy way to test their hypertension level is to use one of the finger or wrist blood pressure monitors. They are much easier to use. However, the big drawback is that, generally, these machines are a lot less accurate than the standard manual or automatic blood pressure reading.
So, to receive the best results, simply consider purchasing a traditional blood pressure cuff either from your local drug store or online. Once you find one that you like, it’s a good idea to purchase a spare in case the first one breaks down.