Picking the Right Monitor for You
Home monitoring is important for many Canadians and can be especially useful for:
- Patients on hypertension medication
- Pregnant women. Preeclampsia (pregnancy hypertension) can develop quickly
- People with white coat syndrome (becoming nervous at a doctors office, which in turn can cause higher readings at the Dr.'s office)
- People who have had some higher reading at the doctors and want to monitor more closely than the occasional visit to the Doctor
Types of Monitors
Arm monitors self-inflate, take the reading and then display them. Some also include what range your reading falls into. Some models have the ability to email your result, and more recently some have Bluetooth capability so you can view your progress right on your smartphone.
Number of users
Do you think you will be the only person using this monitor? Some blood pressure monitors are single user, and some are dual user. Shop Multi-user Monitors. Shop Single-user Monitors
Will you be using the monitor occasionally or will you be tracking consistently? Most blood pressure monitors have a memory function; however the length of memory varies. Tracking your progress is easier with a larger memory.
Averaging blood pressure readings is common medical practice and can be an important tool for accounting for occasional user errors (taking a reading right after having a coffee, or with your arms or legs crossed etc.). Learn more about how to take a proper blood pressure reading.
Heart attacks and strokes more often than not occur in the morning. Morning averaging helps to flag morning hypertension.
Proper cuff fit is paramount in collecting accurate readings. Most cuffs are designed to fit most arms, however if you are unsure please measure your upper arm to ensure you are purchasing a cuff that will fit properly.
Irregular Heartbeat Detection
This technology will flag arrhythmias which in some cases can cause stroke.
Atrial Fibrillation Detection
Arrhythmias that are left undetected can cause blood to pool in the heart, which can cause clots. Clots that break off and travel to the brain can cause a stroke. The Bios Diagnostic 3MS1-4K is currently the only Blood Pressure Monitor in Canada with AFIB screening.