The bottom line with Any type of BP Cuff is to read and follow the directions. Correct size cuff is important. Too Small and you get a false high. Too big, false low. Don’t move around, or cross your legs. Try to be consistent in where you check it. i.e. sitting at the table. The wrist cuffs can be accurate if you use them correctly. Good point is to compare it to your Dr.s office. Of course if you get White Coat Hypertension (Nervous at Dr.) That reading might be elevated. I was taught that if you need to take a 2nd time, remove cuff, and wait at lest 2 minutes before rechecking. And as always, you need to use it… Buying one is a good step. Keep a log, take at same time of day. Provide MD with data if they are trying to adjust a medication. If your reading is elevated, take deep calming breaths, relax and recheck. All this brought to you by a Bossy RN. Have a marvelous day.
I’m so confused. On side deals it says it’s 20 bucks. And after a few clicks it’ll say it’s 20 bucks here on MEH. But then when I go to the home of MEH price jumps back up to 40 bucks. - I’m new here… be kind.
@amtunnell You said that you’re new here and to be kind. I’m thinking you’ve been around, maybe in stealth mode, longer than you’re willing to admit ONLY because you knew to say BE KIND! Lol Their bark is bigger than their bite! Seriously though…
@katbyter There are several reasons to get the arm one… the artery is larger, it’s closer to the heart, it’s not impaired by bending the elbow, etc.
Most wrist ones are pretty accurate, but the arm ones are more-so.
I’ve had good luck with the wrist ones, and since the results are only a snapshot in time, they say the most important thing is to look for trends, rather than any single reading. If you get one that’s way off your normal, it’s always good to check again in 5 mins or so.
One reason a wrist one might work better for certain people is if you have larger biceps, that can cause inaccurate results, and most of the home ones have a standard-size cuff, unless noted otherwise.
Another factor is your technique in using it, so it’s a good idea to bring it to your next doctor’s appointment to make sure you’re using it correctly & to see how it compares with their results. From reviews I’ve read online, there are wildly varied ratings between & even within each model/brand, so it’s a good idea to always check the specific one you have. My doctor was skeptical about my wrist one, but he was impressed with the accuracy when we tested it in the office.
@ircon96@katbyter@Lynnerizer@Tadlem43 When my current S.O. moved in, his bicep was too big for a standard cuff, and a unit with a larger one was hard to find. His biceps are smaller now, and I’m grabbing one of the SD ones because he has vision issues
@ircon96@katbyter@Lynnerizer@Tadlem43 indeed, look for trends. (read also accuracy vs. precision). And also note time of day, as BP will fluctuate by time of day. It is generally accepted in the medical community that: sphygmomanometer > [electronic] arm > [electronic] wrist. But even with old fashioned sphygmo, there is variability, as two different people will get two different readings; it is part art form that requires practice. Again, look for trends and consistency.
I told, with the complete honesty, I would trade 5 consecutive losses to Michigan than to lose to Notre Dame. Well before the game. I think some monkey claw was in the vicinity.
Seriously, though, OSU is way overrated, gets bowl game invites they shouldn’t because of their fan base, and money, which are the exact same reasons I am about to come down on Notre Dame…
But at least we have fielded decent teams in the past fucking quarter century. Their exclusive contract, their elitist alumni, Catholicism church rape cover up, there is nothing of note from that place.
I feel that EVERY college football fan should hate Notre Dame, where OSU hate is mostly big ten and a few post-BCS money bowl games.
That’s strange, I wasn’t offered any coupons for that one. I didn’t realize they offered different deals to different shoppers.Unless it’s just a coincidence that their coupon just expired. The cheapest one I saw there was $14.99.
The Sunbeam name might be worth the extra money to some people though!
Joined the “Livongo” program via Mrs News’ health insurance, and they sent me a free one (arm cuff). It’s wildly inaccurate, and I DO know how to use it. Also got a CVS-branded unit about 8 years ago, also 15-20 pts high on systolic. Both made in China. Best bet is an actual sphygmomanometer. Cheap one on Amazon for $45, professional ones cost hundreds. I just let my GP take my BP, with an old-school unit. Perfectly accurate.