However Omron (which is on the list) for example makes the Walmart brand one and I am not sure what other generics so if it is actually made by one that is on the list likely then you are fine.
This article talks about how to take an accurate blood pressure. URL goes directly to that part of the article (you might have to scroll a couple of lines to get to the start of that part of the article).
Another url to find validated ones. This list is longer than the other one. Not sure what the difference is for how the different lists were created. Look on the left and you can pick criteria to sort on.
Regardless of what this list points out, if you take it to the doctor’s with you and compare the reading you get vs the one the doctor’s office gets that should give useful information. Likely best to take your BP in the office at least 3 times figure the average and compare.
The article’s advice about getting a cuff of exactly the right dimensions is seriously questionable and hardly practical. Most of these devices only come with a single size of cuff; no choices are provided. The majority of cuffs are adjustable for upper arm diameters that fit at least 95% of adults. There are a small number that can be had in a somewhat larger range. To get one that goes beyond the normal ±42cm limit, you’re generally going to pay more and end up hitting an actual medical supply store to order it. (Many of those places don’t keep them on hand, either.) And last but not least, five of the six doctors that I’ve seen in the past year don’t even keep the larger-size cuff with their BP-and-O2 measuring station, which tells me that cuff size is a lot less critical than the article wants to assert.
@werehatrack Research with blood pressure taking in doctors offices also document that around 2/3’s of offices do it wrong and worse yet don’t even know they are doing that. Cuffs the wrong size give wrong BP’s. Having your arm in the wrong place while it is being taken gives the wrong BP. Talking while it is being taken gives the wrong BP, etc., etc., etc. That just means those doctors are amongst the group that don’t know what needs to be done to get an accurate one. Of course the actual doctor probably has no clue what is done by the person who takes it.
@Kidsandliz@werehatrack I quit going to one doctor because of this. When I got there, her nurse took my BP and it was normal, similar to previous times. Then the doc came in with one of those student “observers” (without asking if that was okay, which seriously aggravates me) and that women took my blood pressure in a very weird way, taking my hand and tucking it under her arm, and gave an abnormally high reading. And the doc recorded it, and kept it in my record! Even though I pointed out that her nurse’s reading was different! So that doc lost all credibility with me.
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@phendrick Double Word Score for knowing the name of this device. Electronic BP cuffs are notoriously unreliable, even when used in a medical setting. My GP uses an old school manual one, does both arms (and sometimes a leg), and always gets readings 10-15 mmHg below what I get at home.
@MrNews@phendrick Which is also why you need to take it with you to a doctor’s appointment and compare what you get with the doctor’s office - and not just a one time reading either. The ones on the list (url posted) theoretically are more accurate than the ones that are not, but even with a good one they can “go bad” over time so you need to get them checked on occasion as well.
On a side note: there was a study done in Germany where a control group of mem had various wellness tests done and a second group were prescribed “looking at voluptuous breasts” for ten minutes a day.
The study group showed lower blood pressure and lower resting heart rate after 30 days of study than the control.
So if you’re a man and you need to lower your blood pressure… Unfortunately, to my knowledge the study hasn’t repeated for women, so not sure if looking at men’s body parts has same healing effect on women.
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@suewalsh1 I have yet to see one of these that has a rechargeable battery unless it has a four digit price tag and is intended for use in hospitals and doctor’s offices. And I’ve been seeing more and more of the consumer grade ones in some of those locations, too.
@Kidsandliz I usually check my BP at home just before leaving for a doc visit. It seldom scores within 5 points of the value recorded at the office, and the home reading is more often the higher of the two by a small margin.