Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor Review + How To Video


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When I was in college, part of my medical technology internship was to take the blood pressure of blood donors during screening so I know the range of a normal blood pressure reading. We used to use an aneroid sphygmomanometer or the mercury sphygmomanometer paired with a stethoscope to take the blood pressure of blood donors because as from what I've learned, they're more accurate. I haven't had the chance to try a wrist blood pressure monitor until now.
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The Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor came in a square box. I was surprised because I was used to the huge mercury sphygmomanometer and the bulkier aneroid sphygmomanometer and this one was so small and compact. The wrist blood pressure monitor came with 2x AAA batteries and a hard plastic case to store the wrist blood pressure monitor when not in use.
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So the question was, is this as accurate as the mercury and aneroid sphygmomanometer? I'll discuss the pros and cons below.
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Since this is the first time I've tried and used a wrist blood pressure monitor, I was quite excited to see if it is accurate to take my blood pressure. The cuff looks a bit small but it fits my wrist and still has an allowance. The blood pressure monitor has a LARGE LCD display and only has 2 buttons to operate it. It measures both my blood pressure and my pulse rate per minute.
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The button on the right is the "on" button and this is used to turn on the wrist blood pressure monitor and automatically measure my blood pressure. The cuff inflates to a comfortable level and for me, it's much more comfortable and less snug than the cuff of the aneroid sphygmomanometer.
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The button on the left is the memory button which is used to see previous blood pressure readings. The Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor stores up to 60 blood pressure readings. That's a 2-month reading if I take my blood pressure everyday.
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The LARGE LCD display makes it easy for me to see my blood pressure measurement. The only thing is that it doesn't have a back light so I need a bright room in order to see my blood pressure reading. Measuring my blood pressure takes less than a minute to finish and it automatically stores my blood pressure reading.
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Now for the accuracy. I've tried this at different angles and it IS accurate if I use it PROPERLY. Here are some tips I've discovered to take my blood pressure accurately.

- I don't move or talk once I turn on the blood pressure monitor. Moving or talking alters my blood pressure measurement.
- I sit upright in a chair. Slumping also alters my blood pressure measurement so I sit upright while taking my blood pressure.
- My arm is at a less than 45 degree angle and my wrist is at the level of my heart. Putting my arm lower (resting against the table) or higher alters the blood pressure measurement. I also try to relax my fingers and not curl my fist to a ball while taking my blood pressure measurement.
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Here is a short video on how I used the Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor.
If I do the above procedure properly, I get an accurate blood pressure reading. The aneroid sphygmomanometer and the mercury shygmomanometer is more accurate (since it can be used while the person is lying down or slumping) but the Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure MOnitor is more home-friendly and user friendly. :) I don't need a stethoscope to use it too.

I really like the Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure Monitor because it's easy to use and is accurate (again, when properly used). It's very compact and small that I can store it easily and bring it on the go.

You can purchase the Santamedical Wrist Digital Blood Pressure on Amazon with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

3 comments:

  1. it's best BP machine for low high blood presser. Thanks for sharing informative blog post.

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  3. It's great medical device. SantaMedical blood Pressure monitor is best device. Thanks for sharing.

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