Pros and Cons of Finger Blood Pressure Monitor
July 2, 2013 Monitoring
Finger Blood Pressure Monitor

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For many people who have been diagnosed with HBP disease, their doctors may require them to buy their own monitoring device to keep their BP checked regularly without having to go to the doctor.

If you’re one of these people, you may think that carrying an automatic sphygmomanometer can be a hassle due to its bulky size and weight.

However, if you’re looking for a compact, digital graph equipped blood pressure device that would measure your BP in mmHg effectively (with pulse and heart beat rate meter), then you can choose to buy a finger blood pressure monitor.

Today, more and more manufacturers are producing their own version of this device (with software for your computer for continuous analysis of changes) because it offers convenience to people with hypertension.

These BP monitoring products come in small units, which you can simply place in your purse, briefcase and even a pouch, allowing you to keep your BP checked even if you’re on the go.

Unlike the traditional sphygmomanometer, this wrist blood pressure monitor don’t require you to roll up your sleeves and use the cuff.

Instead, you simple place your finger into the slot, press a button and determine your BP levels in a few seconds. Some versions of these noninvasive blood pressure monitors with display also provide information about your current heart rate. With this device, you can check your health condition without anyone knowing what you’re doing.

The only disadvantage of using this blood pressure machine is that most doctors do not recommend it because they prefer the BP to be measured along the brachial artery (in the upper arm).

Doctors advice that results from a finger test may differ with measurements from the arm, so if you really need to use a finger BP monitor such as when traveling, you should check with your home bp monitoring device and determine the difference between the tiny unit and the typical arm cuff monitor so you can have an idea.

If you’re planning to buy a finger blood pressure monitor, make sure to purchase a quality unit from a trusted brand (like Omron, Advocate, CVS, Homedics, Ozeri, Panasonic, LifeSource, Santamedical, Adscope) to ensure the accuracy of results.

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