Validating auto blood pressure monitors

If you have been prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure, don't stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor, even if your blood pressure readings are in the normal range during home monitoring.

Choosing a home blood pressure monitor The American Heart Association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, bicep (upper-arm) monitor.

Make sure the monitor has been tested, validated and approved by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the and the International Protocol for the Validation of Automated BP Measuring Devices.

When selecting a blood pressure monitor for the elderly, pregnant women or children, make sure it is validated for these conditions.

If you do decide to measure your blood pressure at home, you will need to get a home blood pressure monitor.

Below are links to clinically validated blood pressure monitors (the links take you to the British and Irish Hypertension Society website) For home use: clinical use: queries about machines purchased from Blood Pressure UK in the past and all queries regarding recalibration, please contact the UK distributor Mortara Instrument UK Limited: (01786) 444980, or by email: [email protected]

If you use a cuff that is the wrong size for you, your blood pressure reading will not be correct.

Measure around your upper arm at the midpoint between your shoulder and elbow, and choose your cuff size from the chart below.

The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare provider determine whether treatments are working.

Home monitoring (self-measured blood pressure) is not a substitute for regular visits to your physician.

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