Wrist blood pressure monitors are sold in health and fitness stores, but exactly how accurate are these gadgets? Although it is much better to go to a clinic or to the hospital to monitor hypertension, some people are more hands on with their health by constantly monitoring their blood pressure even if they are feeling fine. The question is, how would these people know if their monitors are showing accurate readings?
According to experts, the wrist blood pressure monitor can give you an accurate reading of your blood pressure (BP) if you use it as directed by the instructions on the label. The only downside is you would have to look for the right position while measuring your BP since gadgets like these are very sensitive to the body’s positioning. To get an exact or accurate reading with such a device, your wrist and your arms should be at the level of your heart. It is also important to relax so that the device does not measure any discrepancies. The monitor should also be held at the same level where your heart it. It is advised that you sit in front of a table and put your arms and wrist on the table to make sure that you do not have to make any effort to keep it at your heart’s level.
It is common for many people who use blood pressure measurement devices to not get an accurate reading. It is advised that you take your monitor with you and check with your doctor if the device is working right. Try to measure it on your own and then ask your doctor to measure it again. If the results are the same then you are doing it right, if not, ask your doctor how you should measure your own blood pressure using your gadget.