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Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 03, 2021 11:11PM
I guess the two main types are wrist and armband.

From what I understand, the arm band type is much better.

I'm not interested in an AAPL watch, or something that works with an app.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 03, 2021 11:33PM
I wouldn't suggest any sort of wrist devise, closer to the heart more reliable the read. You might be best served by using a cuff and stethoscope, there's a bit of learning curve but they seem most accurate.

We have three different pump units and they all sometimes vary to a surprising degree. Of the 3 the oldest an Omron is the quickest, noisiest and about as accurate as the newer Medline or Tanplue.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 03, 2021 11:34PM
Wrist ones are supposedly inferior. The walmart generic is made by Omron.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: July 03, 2021 11:41PM
This device (and the company) is really outstanding:

[www.qardio.com]
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 03, 2021 11:45PM
Walmart products are often made to suit a lower quality level than those of the Brand that makes them.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: davester
Date: July 03, 2021 11:51PM
Armband only. Either Omron or Microlife.



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 04, 2021 12:35AM
Omron, Series 7 with Bluetooth is very good. The app is decent for recording Bp. A pain to re-pair it with the app on a new phone, but that seems to be true of most of the BT BP monitors.

Haven't tried the recent "gold" or "platinum" models.



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: RE:up
Date: July 04, 2021 06:16AM
Omron here.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 04, 2021 06:48AM
I am very pleased with this unit, bought one for parents too.

Panasonic EW3109W Upper Arm Blood... [www.amazon.com]
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 04, 2021 07:48AM
My wife bought this one about 6 years ago. She's been doing BP for neighbors for about 30 years, sadly most of them have died off now. Her old one broke but she likes this one pretty good.

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 04, 2021 08:39AM
If most of them died, not sure how much of an endorsement is that.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: July 04, 2021 08:41AM
Another vote for arm cuff, Omron brand.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 04, 2021 08:47AM
Free,

I needed one and searched for a model that was compact, self-contained, easy to use and included bluetooth and a good app for managing the data on my phone. The model of choice at the time I bought my monitor is the Omron Evolv:

[omronhealthcare.com]

You can get it for less via amazon.com, Walmart, drugstores like RiteAid and CVS.

I have one at my home and one at my office. It works very nicely. Definitely recommended unless you want to keep one at home and one at your office. Previously that wasn't an issue but it has becomeone after a recent app update. Now, with the current flavor of the app, it no longer allows me to have two of the identical model connected to it simultaneously anymore.

It was configured that way before tyhe update without an issue. After the update, it recognized both and I confirmed the one I leave on my kitchen table with the expectation of confirming the second when I got to my office. Tried and it won't recognize the second one as a separate monitor. Annoying. I haven't gotten around to contacting Omron about it.

If I can't get them both connected again, I may end up giving the second one to my wife and buying a mode, from a different brand for my office. Not my preference since I'd rather manage them in a single app but you do what you need to do. The model linked by Article looks nice. So do a few models from iHealth, whose products seem pretty good overall. Need to make sure you can test your blood pressure with them _without_ having your phone handy.

With the Evolv, I can test my blood pressure without my phone and sync the data whenever I remember. I don't need my phone on hand for the testing. That's pretty important. I sync the data once a week (just like I do with my smart glucose meters.

Robert



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/04/2021 08:48AM by Robert M.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 04, 2021 01:23PM
Most units pump up to a high pressure and slowly release the pressure to take the readings. The Panasonic unit I linked above will take the measurements as the pressure goes up and stops as soon as the reading is done. That means no unnecessary high pressure on your arm if you don’t have high blood pressure.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 04, 2021 01:32PM
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Most units pump up to a high pressure and slowly release the pressure to take the readings. The Panasonic unit I linked above will take the measurements as the pressure goes up and stops as soon as the reading is done. That means no unnecessary high pressure on your arm if you don’t have high blood pressure.

The Omron we use does something similar: it senses BP while pumping up and stops at some fixed amount above the systolic. It doesn't pump to a high, fixed point like our old one does. But the Omron does take and display the readings as the cuff pressure bleeds off.



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: July 04, 2021 01:33PM
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Spiff
Another vote for arm cuff, Omron brand.

Ditto.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 04, 2021 01:58PM
Okay, thanks all.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 04, 2021 02:44PM
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I am very pleased with this unit, bought one for parents too.

Panasonic EW3109W Upper Arm Blood... [www.amazon.com]

we have the same and bought it for a family member well. I checked it against the doctor and it was nearly the same.

Unfortunately it is no longer available.



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: July 04, 2021 03:46PM
Regarding the QardioArm:

[www.cnet.com]

"The QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor left me wondering how it's possible to have a blood pressure monitor feel cool. It's one of those "Apple of X" things -- this is the Apple of at-home blood pressure cuffs…I had this thing out of the box, on my arm and connected to my phone in about 2 minutes, and my first blood pressure reading was done about 30 seconds after that."
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: TLB
Date: July 04, 2021 06:49PM
I have the QardioArm and my wife uses an Omron. Both are are arm cuffs and work great. I like the data logging on Qardio; my wife needs to download the data, but the Qadio is always available in the app.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 05, 2021 12:17AM
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If most of them died, not sure how much of an endorsement is that.

I hope that's sarcasm. They all died in their 80's and 90's except one that had cancer. It was only like four people. People do get old and just die.



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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 05, 2021 11:48AM
Of course it was. Come on, you guys should know me better than that by now.
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Re: Any reccomendations for a blood pressure monitor?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: July 06, 2021 05:42AM
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Of course it was. Come on, you guys should know me better than that by now.

Sorry, yes I should but it's just not a very happy time for ol' Grateful11 right now. Think back 10 years ago and you'll remember what's coming up soon. I hate July.



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