When I first started checking my blood pressure, I bought a cheap Omron HEM-466 mechanical blood pressure monitor. It comes with a rubber pump and frequently shows “EE” (reading error). I don’t’ recommend it at all.
After I was certain that I was suffering from high blood pressure conditions, I took monitoring seriously. This is also because my doctor prescribed medicine and I started doing activities supposedly lowering my blood pressure. Put it simply, I wanted to see the result, or the lack of it.
I listed all the factors that affect blood pressure and things that I would like to know
- Recording time of the measurement. It’s said that early morning hypertension is a sign of heart attack. Monitoring blood pressure specifically in the morning help predicting the risk of the condition.
- Accuracy: I tried measuring my blood pressure more than once in sequence. Those readings are rarely exactly the same. Firstly, you may not be exactly you in those readings. Secondly, you have to give the equipment a bit margin of error. The best way to get an accurate reading is to have averaging 3 readings in sequence.
- Show the progress of my medication and activity effort. I want to have a graph showing the trend over a period of time. This gives me encouragement and also provide indications whether things are working well.
After research what’s available on the market, I settled at Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure Monitor. Omron is the most popular blood pressure monitor provider whose monitors have been clinically proven to be accurate. Omron HEM-790IT model has the great features of
- Cleared by the FDA to help detect morning hypertension
- IntelliSense monitor inflates the cuff to the idea level
- Automatically displays the average of the last 3 readings taken within 10 minutes of each other
- Simple, silent, 1-touch automatic operation
- Helps ensure accurate and comfortable readings, predicts increased risk of stroke and detects irregular heartbeat
- Simple to use Omron Health Management Software, which provides a blood pressure and pulse graph showing trending over time. A morning/evening comparison graph tracks your morning and evening systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. You can also view your most common values and identify variations by time frame with the frequency distribution graph.
If you don’t want to be bothered exporting the readings, you can choose Omron HEM-780 which is cheaper but with all the features (except the PC software).