The Basics Of Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors And Their Role In The Management Of Heart Diseases

Checking one’s blood pressure and keeping these readings is the simplest way to manage blood pressure. The pressure of the blood can fluctuate throughout the day; hence, it should be monitored on a regular basis and this can be accomplished through the use of manual or automatic blood pressure monitors.

Recording blood pressure level is very important for diagnosing heart related problems and diseases. With the use of blood pressure monitor one can ensure the change in BP level. Patients can choose from either an automatic or manual monitor. However, most patients prefer the automatic monitor because it is easier to use and is more practical for people at home. Other than this, automatic BP monitor are also widely available from pharmacies and online medical supply shops.

Most hospitals, critical care units, emergency rooms, and even homes now consider automatic blood pressure (BP) monitors an integral part of any vital signs monitoring system. With the capability of these automatic monitors to identify blood pressure with the user simply placing the cuff around the arm, excessive effort and confusion that often surrounds checking BP levels are reduced. Though automatic BP monitors generally work the same way as manual BP monitors, three distinguishing features differentiate the two.

First is the speed. With the automatic monitor, it will measure the diastolic and systolic pressure already on the first pass. Second is that instead of a manual pump used in manual monitor to provide air for the cuff, an electric pump is used by the automatic BP monitor. Lastly, the pulsation is done by the automatic monitor through built in microphones or other sensor types, unlike with the manual which is done through hearing. Also, the automatic BP monitor can measure BP level in just seconds and even when the BP cuff is still inflating.

There are three general types of automatic blood pressure monitors. These are bicep (upper-arm) monitors, wrist monitors, and finger monitors. Bicep monitors feature a cuff that is wrapped around the upper arm and a display monitor where the reading can be viewed. With the cuff placed around an inch up from the elbow crease-which is the proper positioning in relation to the heart-bicep monitors are considered the most accurate type of automatic blood pressure monitors. Wrist monitors, on the other hand, are recommended for use by those experiencing pain from an inflated cuff as these monitors go around the wrist. They also are best used by those where even large cuffs cannot fit. These BP monitors also include a small LCD and a storage case. Last are finger monitors which are the most convenient way of monitoring blood pressure, yet are the least accurate among the three types. These BP monitors feature a finger cuff that can be placed around the index finger. From the index finger, a built-in button is to be pressed which would inflate the cuff and allow the blood pressure to be read from the integrated LCD screen.

In selecting the best automatic blood pressure, it is important that one should not be confused with all the different products available in the market. Confusion of which device to buy can be minimized by educating ones self of the facts surrounding the different types of automatic blood pressure monitor.

Villazanta is a Health and Wellness trainer in Germany. He carries in his genes a history of heart ailments and hypertension. Due to that, he always checks on his blood pressure through the use of his Boso Medicus Family Blutdruckmessgeraet Oberarm (automatic blood pressure monitor).

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