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Offline marinameggy

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Blood pressure monitor
« on: 24/06/2009 08:12:44 »
My husband suffers from high blood pressure, but refuses to see a doctor. I've purchased a home blood pressure monitor
that tracks results for up to three weeks. While I think the home monitor is a great guide, I'm not sure I trust its accuracy. Does anyone know if home blook pressure monitoring kits are considered accurate, and are there any operation tips you can suggest to improve accuracy? Thanks!
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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #1 on: 24/06/2009 10:17:01 »
Why not go to the doctor together ... http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=23792.0

Unless you're too busy posting stealth spam.

[Looks like you were right C4M].
« Last Edit: 24/06/2009 10:31:19 by RD »
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #2 on: 24/06/2009 10:33:36 »
Doctors recommend buying these devices, so they must be some good.
But hypertension (to use the medical term) is a serious condition, which if left untreated can lead to heart attacks or strokes. I have it myself, but the medication has brought it under control. The best thing you can do is get your husband to the doctor.
I am curious as to how you know he has high blood pressure if he won't see a doctor?
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #3 on: 24/06/2009 19:28:02 »
OK, so some people just won't do what's good for them (says the man who drinks too much on a Friday night).

I think the home monitor is probably a good idea.
Go to the doctor yourself, get him (or her) to measure your blood pressure and check the monitor by using it to measure your blood pressure.
That tells you if the thing is close to right.

Then talk to the doc. about how to get your husband to go and see him. It's a problem they are aware of; they probably have some good ideas.
Then go home and use the meter to measure your blood pressure and your huband's. If his is significantly higher then you have just a bit more ammunition to nag him into going to see the doc.
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #4 on: 25/06/2009 01:44:53 »
Point #1: Marinameggy’s posts looks suspiciously like stealth spam,
             (we'll see if her alter ego, a 1st/2nd/3rd time poster, inserts an advert).

Point #2: blood pressure monitors which use a wrist-cuff are not considered accurate …

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the 1999 WHO-ISH guidelines stating ‘currently available home devices that measure pressure in the fingers or in the arm below the elbow should be avoided’ While the subsequent guidelines from these organizations omitted any comment on self-measurement
devices , the recent European Society of Hypertension guidelines [1], which provided a useful discussion on wrist-cuff devices, still concluded that arm-cuff devices were preferable and stated that ‘wrist instruments should be considered with caution’.
http://www.dableducational.org/pdfs/september05/051-05_Wrist_device_inaccuracy_JBP_Monit_May2005.pdf
« Last Edit: 25/06/2009 01:51:22 by RD »
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #5 on: 21/07/2009 10:36:12 »
My mom has really bad high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I recently purchased newbielink:http://www.household-gadgets.com/home-blood-pressure-monitor.html [nonactive] , it has many features such as  Measure blood pressure and pulse with simple one touch operation, ComFit: Upper arm cuff fits arms from 9" to 17" (medium to large sized arms), IntelliSense: Personalized inflation of the cuff for maximum comfort, Two modes of operation: TruRead Mode and Single Read Mode with Advanced Averaging, TruRead Mode: Takes 3 consecutive readings with 1 minute intervals and displays the average automatically, Single Read Mode with Advanced Averaging: Takes individual readings and automatically displays the average of the last 3 readings taken within 10 minutes of each other, Data download via USB connection to PC for analysis and plotting using the supplied software. With the help of it now I can take good care of my mom.
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #6 on: 21/07/2009 10:52:24 »
See my previous post in this thread.
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #7 on: 21/07/2009 12:36:55 »
If you are concerned about the accuracy of your home blood pressure monitor take it with you when you have your blood pressure measured by doctor or nurse then measure it yourself immediately afterwards and compare your results with theirs.
« Last Edit: 22/07/2009 13:52:22 by RD »
 

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Re: Blood pressure monitor
« Reply #8 on: 14/08/2009 22:04:46 »
My doctor uses the same monitor as me, both came from our local Asda Walmart, only i used my staff discount and beat her on price ! he he !
 

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