At present with the evolution of technology, there are many kinds of blood pressure monitors available in the market. These new blood pressure monitors become small as well as very modernistic. Traditionally, blood pressure often measures by mercury BP machines but to keep the environment safe from mercury poisoning nowadays different types of digital blood pressure monitors are being invented and used widely. Examples include Digital upper arm blood pressure monitors, wrist blood pressure monitors, and different types of wristwatches that show your blood pressure readings. Although, it is a burning question with all these wrist blood pressure monitors in researchers and doctors’ communities that are these wrist blood pressure monitors & devices working on the same principle as wrist blood pressure monitors are accurate or not.
How to Use Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor?
As we all know that taking accurate blood pressure at home depends on two factors. If we follow those standards then we can accurately measure our blood pressure. The first thing we have to remember while taking our blood pressure measurement is if we are using a clinically validated blood pressure monitor and the second thing, we need to bear in our mind is whether we prepare properly or not for the measurement.
Speaking of clinically validated blood pressure monitors, it is a very essential factor to measure blood pressure accurately. Without an accurate and clinically validated blood pressure monitor, all the preparations for the measurement are in vain.
And there are a few things we need to follow, for example, taking the measurement in a quiet place, do not eat or take any tobacco, caffeine, or alcohol 30 minutes before the measurement, and keeping your feet on a flat surface, not to do any exercise 30 minutes before the measurement, and relaxing your body while taking the measurement. After taking all the preparation take your blood pressure measurement with a wrist BP monitor, you need to wear the cuff on your wrist and keep the hand in a comfortable place where you can keep it straight to your heart.
Using a traditional blood pressure monitor or a digital blood pressure monitor all patients must indulge these requirements for an accurate blood pressure measurement. Without fulfilling these requirements it is not possible to get an accurate reading whether you are at home or a doctor’s office for the measurement.
How Much Higher is a Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor?
For patients who are suffering from hypertension or diabetes, inaccurate blood pressure is a very serious matter for their health and it can lead to death because of wrong medications. So, if you are a patient with high blood pressure or diabetes think again while you are buying a wrist blood pressure monitor. Maybe there are some wrist blood pressure monitors that are nearly accurate in the market but the study shows wrist blood pressure can show you about 10 points higher than your actual BP reading. Another report from hypertension journal shows, wrist BPMs are on average 5.5mmHg higher than upper arm BPMs for systolic BP. And according to researchers, BP monitors that have a difference of 5 points from the actual reading are not recommended for use to take any BP reading.
Are Wrist BP Monitors Accurate?
There is a debate between researchers about the accuracy of wrist blood pressure monitors. Some researchers believe that wrist BP monitors are as accurate as Upper Arm BP monitors and some researchers believe wrist BP monitors are not accurate as they take the reading from the radial artery. A digital upper arm BPM usually takes the reading from the brachial artery and a traditional blood pressure machine also takes the reading from the same place. Since traditional mercury sphygmomanometers are very reliable and used to calibrate all digital blood pressure monitors and any clinically validated automatic blood pressure monitors have been taking the reading from the same artery, the chance of accuracy of an upper arm blood pressure monitor is much higher than a wrist BPM. Moreover, there are significant reports have published proving the wrist blood pressure monitor inaccurate and shows higher readings than any standard BP monitor.
Pros and Cons of Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors
Since everything has its own pros and cons parallelly. A wrist BPM has also the same.
Pros: With the advancement of technology wrist blood pressure monitors are getting very small than any upper arm blood pressure monitors. It’s becoming very compact and portable even some wrist BP monitors in the market are the size of wristwatches. In recent days these blood pressure monitors are available with smart apps we can also see our previous BP data on it
Cons: The biggest drawback of a wrist blood pressure monitor is that many reports prove its inaccuracy. Despite accurate reading, using a portable and smart interface BP device is in vain for patients where our health is at stake.
Why Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor?
Now the question rises, then why patients are using wrist blood pressure monitors? While upper arm BP monitors are accurate instead. Most of the time the answer lies in the health condition of the patient. In most cases, Hypertension or diabetes patients are suffering from these health conditions because of their acute overweight. As a result, their arm size gets bigger and sometimes it becomes very uncomfortable for them to wear ta upper arm cuff properly. That is one of the big reasons that they have to use wrist blood pressure monitors. Another reason doctors found that patients want to use wrist BP monitors is that they feel pain from the inflation of the cuff during the measurement.
Solution: As the problem is not quite serious about using the wrist BP monitors. We can solve the problem by increasing the upper arm BP monitors cuff and decreasing the device weight and the measurement time taken by the device. In order to solve this problem HINGMED blood pressure monitors will be very suitable for patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes. Keeping in mind the large arm circumference patients, HINGMED develop their blood pressure monitors cuff at the maximum arm size of 42CM and also decreases the measurement time within 20 to 25 seconds. In the home-use blood pressure monitor sector and ambulatory blood pressure monitor sector, we have developed the device ultra-lightweight and without any external hose or wire to make the patients feel comfortable and compact.
Both wrist and upper arm blood pressure monitors are available in the market and some wrist blood pressure monitors might show accuracy but reliable and renowned organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) and European Society of Hypertension (ESH) always recommend using upper arm blood pressure monitors for accuracy and better tracking of your blood pressure readings.