Blood Pressure Monitors (Do you need one?)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-08-31 15:08:53 -0500
Started 2010-08-30 13:00:20 -0500

Be good to yourself, test your blood pressure regularly.

Here is some interesting information concerning Blood Pressure Monitors, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and Testing.


12 replies

Ms. Minnie
Ms. Minnie 2010-08-30 19:19:03 -0500 Report

I have one. I did use it regularly at one time. I got out of the habit and I'm ready from all the replies that I should start again. I have coronary artery spasms, high bp, diabetes, RSD (from a broken right foot)… so I should get back into the swing of things.

When is the best time to test your blood pressure?

I'm new to this website, so any help would be appreciated. I have stress like others have mentioned, so I know that doesn't help.


MAYS 2010-08-30 17:29:56 -0500 Report

My recommendation to anyone looking to purchase a blood pressure monitor is this, purchase one that monitors your heart for irregular heart beats.
If you already have one, or are looking to purchase one, please use it, diabetics are prone to heart issues including heart disease and heart failure.


Gemm 2010-08-30 13:39:20 -0500 Report

I've had a home meter for testing my BP for about 6 or 7 years now. Presently my doctor has me testing about 1x a week but there have been times when it spiked for awhile that he had me testing several times a day until it leveled out again. While stress can raise it, I also have a tendency to have spikes that will last from a few days to a couple months even in non-stressful times. It's just one more piece in this puzzle called my health lol

Personally, I would recommend that anyone who is concerned about their BP to get one, especially if there is a family history of high BP. They sell at most health centers (pharmacies, department stores with pharmacies like Wal-Mart, etc.) and range from about $30 or so up to a couple hundred for the really fancy ones that really are no better (pharmacist's words) than the "el cheapos" Mine tells me my BP, heart rate and also if it senses any irregularities in my heart beat, which I also have quite frequently as I also have a heart murmur.

Some insurances will also pay for a home meter if you and your doctor can show a need for one. Talk to your doctor and see what he/she says about it, especially if you already have high BP.

One of the articles above had this:

Normal blood pressure 120/80
Systolic 120mmHg or less
Diastolic 80mmHg or less

Pre-hypertensive blood pressure 120/80 to 139/89 - need to take action to prevent high blood pressure.
Systolic 120mmHg - 139mmHg
Diastolic 80mmHg - 89mmHg

High blood pressure 140/90
Systolic 140mmHg or more.
Diastolic 90mmHg or more.

Mine has been known to top 200/150 - not a good thing :( and my doctor said that often people who may not really test as high at the office may infact have high BP over a longer term - he tried to explain all the averages and such but I don't really understand that. I do know that it is important to watch mine as high BP, along with other things, does run in my family. What mine runs now it a total switch though from what it used to run most of my life until about 8 or 9 years ago. After my hysterectomy many things seemed to change and my BP was one - used to average about 80-90/50-60 (nurses used to think they were doing something wrong or their machines were acting up mine was so low lol — oh well - just one more piece of my health puzzle