HOW DOES A DIGITAL BLOOD PRESSURE WORK?

The Blood Pressure is measured with a Sphygmomanometer (Blood Pressure Monitor), which is a device that measures the pressure within an inflatable cuff wrapped around your arm and roughly level with your heart. 

It measures two different blood pressure levels: systolic and diastolic. Systolic Pressure is when your heart beats and pushes blood through the arteries, and Diastolic Pressure is when your heart rests and fills with blood. For example, your Blood Pressure might be 120 over 80.

There are manual and digital Blood Pressure Monitors available, but digital monitor for home use are usually automatic and only require you to put the cuff around your arm. 

When the cuff is inflated, it becomes tight around your arm, blocking off blood flow, and then the valve is opened to deflate it. As your Systolic Pressure is reached, blood starts to flow through your arteries. By applying the squeeze, the meter detects a vibration, which records your Systolic Pressure. In a traditional analogue sphygmomanometer, the sounds produced by your blood are detected by the doctor using a stethoscope.

When the cuff reaches the Diastolic Pressure, the vibration stops, so the meter records the pressure again.

HOW DO I USE BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR AT HOME?

While it will soon become second nature, using your Blood Pressure Monitor requires some thought and preparation. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Relax. Do not drink caffeine or exercise for thirty minutes before the exam, and sit comfortably upright, feet flat on the floor, back supported. 
  • Position your arm correctly. Your upper arm should be level with your heart while your rest it on a flat surface.
  • Position your cuff correctly. Ensure that the bottom edge of the cuff is placed about an inch above the elbow. Your Blood Pressure Monitor’s instructions will also inform you of how to do this. 

WHEN TO CHECK BLOOD PRESSURE?

As a general rule, take your Blood Pressures at the same time on each occasion. Typically, if you’re using a Blood Pressure Monitor on your doctor’s advice, he or she will tell you when to take readings. 

You can take a few readings each time, a few minutes apart, and then average them to get a more representative picture. If your Blood Pressure Monitor doesn’t hold your readings, you can write them down in a notebook to track long-term trends. 

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

4 picture collage of Angelica Chapman using blood pressure monitor

UPPER ARM BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

The Blood Pressure Monitor provides fast, easy, and accurate measurements, as well as the ability to detect irregular heartbeat during blood pressure monitoring. Two users' readings can also be stored, so you can track trends as well as individual results.

  • One button operation. To take a reading, press the “START” button, and the cuff will inflate as it measures your blood pressure. 
  • Clear to understand results. Our Blood Pressure Monitors will indicate if you move too much, have an irregular heartbeat, or suffer from High Blood Pressure with your measurements. 
  • Take action for a healthier future. Monitoring your blood pressure regularly can help you make changes in your daily life to maintain a healthy heart in the future.
  • Easy-to-use Intelligent Pressure. You should wrap the cuff at least one finger above your line. When the cuff is inflated, the wrap guide will indicate if it is on correctly.