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Home BP and You

Written By: 
Michael Falco / Quality Manager

Over the years, it has become more and more apparent how important it is to maintain an appropriate blood pressure level to promote long-term health and to decrease the risks of a variety of ailments and diseases that can develop as a result of high blood pressure. While monitoring in the doctor’s office can provide a snapshot of a person’s blood pressure, in cases where it is important to take a closer look at the big picture home monitoring is ideal. The trick, of course, is making sure that it is done right!

As we discussed in a previous article, there are a number of factors that can greatly affect blood pressure. These factors can play an important role in obtaining an accurate measurement and can be easily overlooked when blood pressure measurements are done in the home and away from the watchful eyes of a healthcare professional. So how do you ensure that blood pressure is taken properly at home, and that critical factors that can influence BP aren’t disregarded?

The design of a home BP unit makes all the difference in this. Ensuring that a patient can properly apply the cuff, providing the patient with the features they need to take a measurement, and providing a convenient interface are all critical to a successful design. With our Advantage™ line of blood pressure devices we’ve put a lot of effort towards addressing these points to give patients the best experience while using our products.

To take this a step further, we’ve recently created two videos to assist with the use of our home blood pressure products. Our first video, called Do’s and Don’ts of Home BP, shows users how to avoid making common mistakes that can cause inaccurate readings. Our newest video, How to Use Automatic BP Monitor, gives an overview of our Advantage™ home BP monitors and their various functions with a quick visual guide.

For our end users, we hope you make use of these resources to gain a better understanding of the measurement process to get the most out of your Advantage™ monitor. For our professional readers, we hope these videos provide you with additional tools to help your patients better track their BP at home.