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What's a good blood pressure monitor?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by minkeygirl, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    My doctor suggested I get one and I have no idea. Here is my criteria.

    1. Simple and brainless so even someone with only one working brain cell can use it. Wrist would be easier for me.

    2. Affordable. I am on disability. I cannot and will not spend $100 on this. $50 is about my max.

    3. Can get it online.

    I saw this one. Any thoughts?

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D9P1A8...TF8&colid=1BKT128P7GUR8&coliid=I2KYERESKLJLAF
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  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    When I bought mine, my local pharmacy (CVS) had coupons available so that I got it at a really low price. When I asked they said that the major pharmacy chains all had coupons and that they rotated them between brands. This was a few years ago but may still be the case.

    My doc recommended (and I personally like) one that you pump up with a squeeze bulb, but has a digital read out and memory. I like this because some of the automatic ones squeeze much more than is necessary for someone who usually has low BP. This is the one I have--I used to take it to the doc's office so he could scroll through the memory and see my BP pattern. It also gave the same reading as his in the office when we compared them:

    http://www.amazon.com/CVS-MANUAL-In...94&sr=8-8&keywords=cvs blood pressure monitor

    Maybe a friend could check out what is available at Walgreens or CVS before you buy one online.

    Sushi
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  3. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    My blood pressure is fine and always has been. She suggested I get it to go along with an rx for clonidine.

    I may have a problem getting that on my upper arm since I'm alone and squeezing a ball is probably too tiring for me at this point.

    I have no help so I have to find something on line.

    That is the price I like though so maybe I have to reconsider. Still not sure I can get around my arm.
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  4. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I don't find it difficult to get it on my arm. It has arrows to show you where to place it and you just slip it up your arm and fasten the velcro. They also have the automatic pump ones for a bit more:

    http://www.amazon.com/CVS-MANUAL-In...94&sr=8-8&keywords=cvs blood pressure monitor

    Sushi
  5. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    thanks @Sushi Is there a difference in accuracy between a wrist one and one for the upper arm?
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  6. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Senior Member

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    I bought this in October 2012 and have been fairly happy with it:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H468S8

    Right now it's going for $54.90 AND there is a 20% OFF coupon so that brings the cost down considerably. Those coupons aren't there forever so I would try to make a decision in a few days if you can.

    I have an arm that's right between the standard and large size, so this self-adjusting cuff works well. There might be other Omron models you'd prefer here:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...3760931,n:3775161,n:3777131,n:3777151,k:omron

    Several other models have the 20% off promotion also. Under the description it will say "FREE Shipping and 1 more promotion." A wrist model is the #1 seller, but I prefer an upper arm model as I don't trust wrist readings. I can't give you any more info than that, it's just a personal bias.

    Good luck with your shopping.
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Condi...Blood-Pressure-Monitor_UCM_303322_Article.jsp

    However the Omron site says they are equal.

    Then read here:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...rs/wrist-blood-pressure-monitors/faq-20057802

    And here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/226183-wrist-blood-pressure-cuff-vs-arm-blood-pressure-cuff/

    Seems like you have to be very careful with position with wrist monitors in order to get an accurate reading.

    Sushi
  8. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    @CFS_for_19_years Thanks for that. It seems the Omron's are good. I'm not ready to buy anything yet but I'll keep an eye on things and the coupons.

    @Sushi I'll take your word. I can't read all that.
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    vamah Senior Member

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    My husband has high blood pressure and has an omron. Very easy to use and affordable.
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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    This is a bit OT but good advice after getting a BP device..

    My doctor had me bring my machine to her office to see if my device was getting the same or at least close to the same readings she was getting.

    This means I can be pretty sure the readings I get at home are consistant with hers.
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  11. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Is Jim Jones alive and well on PR?

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    I'll probably get one like Sushi suggested when I see what my monthly expenses look like.

    My BP is never a problem. I could feel like total crap and my BP will be fine. She just suggested it since I'm going to try clonidine and she said my BP shouldn't go below 100. I've taken clonidine before with no problems so it's more to make her happy. And that's only if I like the clonidine.
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    The last two Cardiologists I have had both recommended the Omron. I was told that the wrist and
    anything other than the Upper Arm type are not as accurate. I am on my second Omron, because
    after about 2 or 3 years there was a malfunction. Omron will give you a long (lifetime?) warranty
    and so they replaced it with a new one. Is digital with memory and everything you would want.
    It is REALLY easy to use and also *not as noisy* as most of them, which makes me try to
    stay calmer. (Hate taking my BP because it fluctuates from very high to very low constantly and it
    drives me nuts.) I know that Costco sells them cheaply, but you may also use a coupon from
    CVS which will save you $ as well. I would call around. Omron Digital Upper Arm Cuff type
    is Sooo easy to put on!!!!
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    I have heard the wrist one is not as accurate - on the POTS and EDS facebook pages there are often posts about good ones for about 50 dollars on line - some keep a record you can show to your doc of your readings

    Good to do them at home as you get mor accurate readings in the quiet and privacy than you do in docs or hospitals with the POTstress of travel, elevators and lights etc

    ALly
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  14. xchocoholic

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    I bought a Life Source wrist monitor at Big Lots for about $25 6-7 years ago and it's still working. I may have had to replace the battery but that's it.

    Once I saw what my bp and hr were doing it helped me understand why I felt so crappy after I'd been upright for about 10 minutes. Now I recognize my POTS when it happens and know I need to lay down without using the monitor.

    Just fyi ... My hr doesn't actually normalize until after I've been supine for an hour.
    If I get up sooner my hr goes right back to my POTS hr.

    tc .. x
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    Great to hear Xchoc - interesting that 10 mins upright is enough to cause harm

    if more of us do and record this we might get some interesting data

    Ally
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    xchocoholic Senior Member

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    I have OH so I start feeling light headed after 3 minutes but as long as I'm standing still my symptoms just get more unbearable. I'm sure people standing in line anywhere near me think I'm a whiney bitch. I've started moving when I have to stand in line now. That's better for me but I get a lot of weird looks. Oh well ...

    I wish I'd known 24 years ago the importance of being supine not just resting. And the part about it taking an hour. None of my doctors caught that.

    tc .. x
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    I bought a cheap arm Omron a year ago and have realised that it's been wrong from the start - at least the diastolic is way out. I thought I was iller than I am as it was so low :). At the GP my diastolic is 14 points higher than at home, and even my old wrist monitor gives a better reading. Curiously the systolic is quite accurate though.

    Anyway, no problem re getting it sent to them and fixed. There is a 3 yrs guarantee on it.
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  18. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Senior Member

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    I have sat down in line at the grocery store when the line wasn't moving, like when someone forgets their money! I did get weird looks, but that's their problem, not mine!
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