Upper-arm blood pressure monitors usually give the most accurate and consistent results.
In general, any difference of 10 mm Hg or less is considered normal and is not a cause for concern.
Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it.
Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body.
That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.” People often make the mistake of assuming symptoms will alert them to their high blood pressure.
A record of readings taken over time provides a “time-lapse” picture of your blood pressure that can help you partner with your physician to ensure that your treatments to lower high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) are working.
It only tells what your blood pressure is at that moment.
Make sure the monitor has been tested, validated and approved by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the and the International Protocol for the Validation of Automated BP Measuring Devices.
When selecting a blood pressure monitor for the elderly, pregnant women or children, make sure it is validated for these conditions.
Children and adults with smaller or larger than average-sized arms may need special-sized cuffs.
They are available in some pharmacies, from medical supply companies and by direct order from companies that sell BP cuffs.
There are many different kinds of home blood pressure monitor, but it is easiest to use a monitor that is fully automatic (digital).