Monitoring blood pressure becomes more of an issue as people age because of stress, diet, and weight gain. Other health factors like smoking can also contribute to higher blood pressure. High blood pressure puts people at greater risk of heart disease and other adverse health conditions. Getting an accurate blood pressure read is vital to be aware of where your blood pressure stands. It can fluctuate on its own, so people need to have confidence that the reading is on point. There are several different kinds of blood pressure monitors that doctors use in clinics, hospitals, and other settings. People can also buy a blood pressure monitor for home use. Here are a few different types of monitors and how they work.
Digital Blood Pressure Monitors
Most people who buy a home-use monitor probably have a digital blood pressure monitor. They’re simple to use and have self-inflating cuffs. All people have to do is slip it on their arm and press a button. The monitor has a screen that will beep and read out blood pressure numbers after several seconds. They vary in cost. Some are battery-powered, and others require plugging in for power.
Differences in digital blood pressure monitors exist in where they are placed. Most are upper-arm monitors with a cuff that slips above the elbow onto the bicep for a reading. There are also wrist bands and other devices that measure blood pressure from a wrist reading. Finger monitors are less common but use sensors where a finger is inserted into a slot to read blood pressure. Finger monitors are often viewed as less reliable than arm or wrist monitors.
Aneroid Blood Pressure Monitors
Aneroid blood pressure monitors are what many people may think of when they see EMTs or doctors working in movies. They’re the standard ball and gauge device. After slipping a cuff on the upper arm, the rubber ball is squeezed to inflate the cuff. Whoever is taking the blood pressure uses a stethoscope to measure pulse on the forearm as air is slowly let out because both top and bottom readings are needed. Using an aneroid on yourself can be difficult, and the device can be hard to use. For these reasons, they’re not typically recommended for home use. Aneroid monitors are usually used in medical settings to confirm digital readings on a machine.
AAA Wholesale Company has a wide array of digital and aneroid blood pressure monitors in stock. For people with concerns about blood pressure, having an easy-to-use monitor at home can provide peace of mind, as well as let you know if there’s something to be concerned about. Consult your physician if you have any concerns about owning a blood pressure monitor. They’re a great way to keep track of your health and make sure you’re on the right track to a happy and healthy life. Visit our site to check out all of our monitors in stock.