Blood pressure monitors are not just for the elderly, suggests a recent study
A blood pressure monitor is a tool that will alert you if being approached by a “silent killer”, as we commonly refer the high blood pressure. The lack of side symptoms makes it hard to catch the right moment in hypertension danger when we need to call our doctor. The ability to take blood pressure at home and track changes over time has become a necessity, especially since many of the health visits are going virtual.
А recent study shows it is a prejudice that only elderly people should control their blood pressure. Thanks to the awareness of blood pressure control, mortality from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) among middle-aged and older adults has significantly decreased in recent decades. But, as a study published in 2021 shows, young adults (18–39 years of age) have had a lower rate of decline in CVDs mortality.
Experts consider that the reason is the low awareness, which makes it impossible to timely treat and control hypertension among people of this age.
Research shows that even healthcare providers are not sufficiently aware of the effects of high blood pressure during young adulthood on later life. The consequences are blood pressure-associated adverse outcomes later in life, as well as reduced effects of the pharmacological treatment.
Don’t wait for symptoms – every family should have a blood pressure monitor
The message is obvious: Don’t wait for symptoms! High blood pressure or cardiac arrhythmia are serious illnesses that unfortunately have very few symptoms. Every family should have that vital tool – an at-home digital blood pressure monitor, which doesn’t require any prior knowledge, is very easy to use, and gives accurate results.
When considering buying a digital blood pressure monitor for home use, look into the following aspects: accuracy, data storage options, usability, readability of display, and special features.
– Upper arm blood pressure monitors give more accurate results
There are two types of digital blood pressure monitors: one measures the pressure on the wrist, and the other on the upper arm. For more accurate results, choose the second one, because it measures the veins that are closer to the heart. The wrist monitor is good if you travel frequently, as it’s more portable. Doctors do not recommend the device that measures on the wrist for people over 50 years of age, because due to the distance from the heart, it shows lower values. Look for the certificates from the relevant institutions in the product description, which guarantee the accuracy of the monitor too.
– Look for multiple user support, if you want to share the device with the family
Data storage options are also an important factor. If you want to track your blood pressure readings over time, you need data storage for previous measurements. So you have an overview of the history of your blood pressure measurements, which you can share with your doctor if needed. If you want to share the device with the family, look for multiple user support for digital memory. Data storage is especially useful for people who, for various reasons, need to measure their blood pressure more often, including pregnant women or people who need to monitor the effects of certain medications.
– Easy to use – easy to read
Using a digital blood pressure monitor is as simple as it can be: press a button and in a few seconds, you have results. The display must not compromise this simplicity and should deliver the results on a clear, simple, and easy-to-read screen.
– Additional options always come in handy
A useful additional option that comes with certain models of blood pressure monitors includes measurement of the pulse, then the light indications that appear on the screen in case the cuff is incorrectly placed, or for when the measured pressure deviates from normal values …
Everything we think user expects in a blood pressure monitor you can find in:
BLUEMED blood pressure monitor
The BLUEMED upper arm monitor is a CE0413 certified medical device used to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate at home. It uses the oscillometric method of blood flow measurement.
– Positioning indicator means accurate results
The large upper arm cuff (22 to 32cm) is suitable for adults. With the indicator for proper placement of the cuff, you will always get accurate results. In case of poor positioning, an error message will appear inviting you to redo the taking.
– A large LED screen with a light indicator
When checking the results on the 63x82mm LED screen of the BLUEMED monitor, an indicator light will appear to make it easier for you. Without looking at the memory of the device, you will always know whether to stay calm: it will be green if your pressure is within the norm or red if you have low or high blood pressure.
– Two separate user-profiles – up to 90 results per user
Medical advice is to take your measurements regularly, and the BLUEMED blood pressure monitor provides storage of up to 90 results for two users. This way, you can provide doctors with a larger set of data for examining if needed. With continuous measurement, you will see certain factors that affect the level of your blood pressure, and avoid those that affect you badly.
– Energy-smart switching off
BLUEMED cuff monitor switches off automatically after 1 minute of inactivity, ready to be stored in its nice zipper case.
The well-known recommendations for getting an accurate reading of blood pressure are to be relaxed, not to talk, and not to strain while measuring. For the most accurate results, rest at least a few minutes before the measurement.