If you have decided to keep an eye on your blood pressure at home, finding the right home blood pressure monitor is important. There are many types of home blood pressure monitor to choose from, so what features should you look for?
We have outlined some helpful pointers below, and compared them against our latest Kinetik Blood Pressure Monitor to help you find the right device for your home.
1 – Cuff size and fit
If your arm cuff does not fit correctly you won’t achieve accurate readings. Arm cuffs measure between 22cm and 45cm so you should take a measurement of your arm before you begin shopping. Place the cuff in the middle of your upper arm, midway between your shoulder and elbow (as pictured).
For simplicity you could choose a monitor with a universal one-size-fits-all cuff, like the Kinetik Advanced Blood Pressure Monitor X2 Comfort. This monitor comes with our most comfortable cuff yet, it inflates and releases once the reading is complete, minimising any pressure on your arm.
2 – Average reading
Blood Pressure UK advises that you “Take 2-3 readings, each about two minutes apart, and then work out the average”. This is because some people find that their first reading is higher than their next few. If this happens to you, keep checking your readings until they reach a consistent level, and use this as your result.
You could choose a home blood pressure monitor that will calculate the average of your 3 readings for you, like the Kinetik Advanced Blood Pressure Monitor X2 Comfort.
3 – Ease of use
The beauty of having a blood pressure monitor at home is that you can easily keep an eye on your blood pressure and at your own convenience. Look for a device that is quick and easy to use, otherwise you might be discouraged to use it at all.
A blood pressure monitor with a one-button operation and a easy to read display will make checking your blood pressure as hassle-free as possible.
4 – Multi-user memory
A home blood pressure monitor can be used by the whole family, and if you find it difficult to keep a track of everyone’s readings you can use a blood pressure monitor with a multi-user memory.
The Kinetik Advanced Blood Pressure Monitor X2 Comfort has a family mode which has a 3 user memory with 60 memories per user.
5 – Irregular heartbeat
Arrhythmias or heart rhythm problems are experienced by more than 2 million people a year in the UK. Most people with an abnormal heart rhythm can lead a normal life if it is properly diagnosed.
The symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm depend on what type of arrhythmia you have. The most common symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm include: palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, feeling tired and losing consciousness.*
Some blood pressure monitors – such as many in the Kinetik Blood Pressure Range – can detect an irregular heartbeat.
6 – Value for money
At Kinetik Wellbeing we believe everyone should have access to technology that supports your health and wellbeing, without having to spend a small fortune to keep your family safe and healthy. That’s why we work so hard to keep our products affordable – without sacrificing quality. We are an independent UK business and we can bring new technology to the market quickly and effectively – to us, it’s all about satisfying your needs.
Watch our video for more information on the Kinetik Wellbeing Blood Pressure Monitor range:
*Information sources for Arrhythmia: NHS, British Heart Foundation