Shopping for the best? Good for you. It is never too early to take a series of simple, accurate measurements . A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people with high blood pressure or high blood pressure before the age of 40 have an increased risk of developing heart disease later in life.
However, to know if you have high blood pressure you need to take a series of measurements with an accurate home monitor. If you’re not a trained professional, manual blood pressure monitors may not provide the accuracy you want. Even the name is complicated – who can say blood pressure monitor? (Incidentally, I wrote this on the first try and I’m proud of myself).
However, according to the American Heart Association, the accuracy of blood pressure measurement depends on two things: a(e.g. a blood pressure monitor for the upper arm or wrist) and independent validation.
Below are seven wireless upper arm blood pressure monitors and a wrist-based device that the AHA recommends only for people who do not fit traditional arm cuffs.
Although each of these devices offers a variety of functions at different prices, it has been independently validated against one or more AHA-recognized standards to provide accurate blood pressure values. In other words, no matter what type of monitoring you choose, your heart will thank you for the accuracy of the measurement.
Home blood pressure monitoring
To learn more about AHA standards for home blood pressure monitoring, read this guide ina blood pressure cuff at home. This list was originally published last year and is updated from time to time as we review new products.
I never thought that something like a blood pressure monitor (yawning) really impressed me, but here we are. With the QardioArm blood pressure monitor, I asked myself how it is possible that a blood pressure monitor feels cool. It’s one of those “Apple of X” things – this is the Apple of home blood pressure cuffs.
Not that “cool looking” should be your main factor when buying a blood pressure monitor, but it certainly makes taking measurements less tedious. Anyway, on the things that really matter.
Prepare yourself for a lot of great things:
This cuff is comfortable. It fit my (lanky) arms, with no gaps between my skin and the fabric. The readings were consistent and accurate, and setting up was almost incredibly easy. I had this thing on my arm immediately and connected to my phone in about two minutes, and my first blood pressure measurement was taken about 30 seconds after that.
Your whole family can also use it:
It can be wirelessly connected to up to eight phones or tablets at the same time. Each time it is used, QardioArm automatically averages three measurements, monitors and detects irregular heartbeats, and stores all of your measurements and notes in Qardio’s HIPAA-compatible cloud.
View and share your data in the Qardio app. There you can also set goals and reminders or sync your data with Apple Health or S Health on Android devices.
The Withings BPM Connect felt and looked just as trendy as the QardioArm and was also accurate and consistent. It was a tough call for me between the QardioArm and the Withings BPM Connect because both are great and similar products.
In the end, Withings BPM Connect ended up second only because the registration process was more cumbersome. For comparison, it took about two minutes to fully set up the QardioArm, while it took about 15 minutes with the Withings BPM Connect.
That’s not a bad thing in the general area, but after just experiencing the lightness and speed of the QardioArm, it was definitely noticed.
Withings BPM Connect can assert itself in terms of cuff adjustment, comfort and user-friendliness. The app is also a breeze once you’re signed in, and it has unlimited storage (the device stores up to eight readings between syncs). You can also set up multiple user profiles in the Withings Health Mate app.
If you don’t mind a longer setup, you can save a total of $ 20 compared to the QardioArm.
When it comes to products that could save your life, the budget may not be the biggest consideration. But sometimes you can hit gold. The wireless iHealth Track blood pressure monitor is the golden nugget of the BP surveillance world at home.
At just $ 40, I was skeptical of how this device would behave in terms of accuracy and consistency. At first I thought I was right: the first measurement I got on this device told me that I was very hypertensive when my usual blood pressure was in the healthy range.
Then I realized that I hadn’t followed the instructions correctly, which should be a lesson for everyone.
After taking the time to read the user manual thoroughly and do what I should do, I received consistent and accurate readings. Funny how that works.
The iHealth Track has not only recorded the most important aspects of a blood pressure monitor, but is also easy to use. I had no problem getting into the cuff and you just press a button to start reading.
The device stores up to 99 measured values and you can save unlimited data in the iHealth MyVitals app. If you don’t have time to synchronize, don’t worry: the device will display your readings directly on the screen each time.
The Omron Complete wireless upper arm blood pressure monitor with EKG was the first FDA-approved combined ECG blood pressure monitor in the United States. Omron produced the product in collaboration with AliveCor, which supplies many FDA-approved ECG or ECG devices (Consumer Electrocardiogram).
It is worth noting that this sphygmomanometer provided me with the most consistent readings throughout the testing process. And it measures so much more than just blood pressure. In addition to the essential factors – systolic and diastolic blood pressure – this Omron model measures pulse, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bradycardia and sinus rhythm at the same time.
If you need a seamless method to measure two or more of these metrics, this is your first choice. The Omron app interface is also simple and can store unlimited data. The cuff is comfortable and flexible, so you can easily get a good fit, which contributes to accuracy.
The monitor itself is a bit bulky than other models on this list, but it’s probably worth it for people who need all of these other measurements in one place. It comes in a nice carry bag that you can use on the go.
Remember that the AHA recommends an upper arm cuff over everything. Therefore, you should only choose a wrist cuff if you have a real reason for it. Some reasons why you want to choose a wrist cuff are:
- They have large or delicate arms and have trouble finding a suitable cuff
- You have an injury or restricted range of motion that makes it difficult to use an arm cuff
- You travel frequently and have to read frequently – wrist cuffs are usually more wearable
If you choose a wrist blood pressure cuff, the Omron Gold Wireless is a good place to start looking. This automatic blood pressure cuff has all the essential functions of an upper arm blood pressure cuff, but is also portable: It measures on average a series of up to three measurements over a period of 10 minutes and notifies you immediately if you have high blood pressure.
The portable blood pressure monitor can store up to 200 readings from multiple users or transmit results wirelessly via Bluetooth to the free Omron Connect app, which allows you to track your blood pressure trends over time.
You can see it’s full of features, but it’s also tiny, quiet, and comfortable. And of all the blood pressure cuffs I’ve tested, the Omron Gold was one of the easiest to use – when using a wrist-based blood pressure monitor, there’s no fumbling around a long cuff or tube.
Life / A & D Medical
If you have larger upper arms, you know that blood pressure management and monitoring can cause great pain. Enter: Life upper arm blood pressure monitor with extra large cuff. The name says it all, honestly. This blood pressure cuff holds an arm circumference of over 23 inches.
At first, I was a little sceptical because I couldn’t find much information about it online and saw some questionable reviews from buyers. However, I realized that Life is a trademark of A&D Medical, a medical device brand that has been manufacturing home devices for almost 50 years and whose products have been clinically validated by third parties. So I decided to give it a try.
Let me just say this: I have tiny arms – I often call them noodles – and I can confirm that this blood pressure cuff is massive. It would never work for me because my arm was basically swimming in it. For this purpose, I cannot speak with the accuracy of this device.
However, I can say that it gave consistent readings even though it was way too big for my arm. Although the measurements were wrong for me, they were consistently wrong. This gives me a lot of hope that this extra-large cuff is actually suitable for people to whom it actually fits.
A&D Medical has almost too many blood pressure monitors to count, but my initial research has repeatedly led me to this, the A&D Medical upper arm blood pressure monitor (UA-767F), which stores blood pressure data for up to four people can. Some of the other monitors on this list have multi-user features, but this was the easiest for me to manage (except for the QardioArm, which is the best overall).
This easy-to-use monitor has a basic design and issues cuff adjustment errors so you can fix problems before you start. It also has a body motion sensor that can help avoid inaccurate readings. (You should remain silent all the time while reading.)
The A&D Connect app has a simple user interface and it’s easy to keep track of your blood pressure values as well as the values of everyone who shares the device with you. This shows your blood pressure immediately after the measurement is completed. So if you prefer to keep track of things with a pen-paper protocol, this is also an option.
This blood pressure monitor is not only easy to use and supports multiple users (it can store up to 60 readings per person), but also offers a five-year guarantee.
I tested several other blood pressure monitors at home that also had some great features but didn’t quite match the above. It is definitely worthwhile to find out if you are in the market for a blood pressure monitor at home. Although the above products have proven to be the best for me, you may find a unique combination of properties that works best for you.
Note: The Withings BPM Core is not yet available in the United States. FDA approval is currently being granted. You can log in to Withings to be notified as soon as it is available.
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