High blood pressure? Low blood pressure? This monitor can help you keep tabs on it. It's fast, accurate, and economical. It's also a snap to use.
Recommend this product?
My husband was diagnosed with hypertension about 5 years ago. It is easily controlled with medication, but the doctor wants him to check his blood pressure weekly. He could stroll over to the nurse's office at work - and occasionally he does that. I can check it with my totally manual setup - for years I did it that way. Last year, he decided he wanted to be able to check on it himself, so I looked at the options and selected the A&D UA-702.
Why this model?
1. Price - it's under $50. You can pay twice that or more for a completely automatic model. If you can't manage to squeeze a little bulb 4 or 5 times in a row, and you don't have a small child available to do it for you, you're going to have to cough up the extra money. Otherwise, this is an excellent choice.
2. Accuracy - one of my favorite pharmacists sells these. He's very picky about what he sells - and he can be since he owns the pharmacy. It's not a franchise. He actually did the research for me - and showed it to me in writing. This blood pressure monitor ranks near the top for accuracy. I did double check with my manual system the time it said my husband's pressure was 80/50 with a pulse of 50. It was right on target then. We haven't had any unusually high readings to double check. It's rated for up to 280 mmHg. If your blood pressure is any higher, call 9-1-1.
By the way, wrist model and finger model blood pressure monitors may sound like a good idea, but there are many variables that can affect the reading - like where your hand is in relation to your heart.
3. Ease of use - put in the batteries, wrap the cuff around your upper arm, push the blue "power" button, and squeeze the bulb 4 or 5 times with the opposite hand. My 4 year old loves to do this part.
You'll hear a beep when the pressure is high enough to begin reading. Then you just relax and wait for it to count down. It's really simple to use. You should sit down for 5 minutes to improve accuracy of readings -- but don't cross your legs. Research shows that WILL affect the reading.
4. Cuff size - The cuff that comes standard with this monitor will fit most adults, even those who are moderately overweight (I confess!). I wanted to be able to keep tabs on my blood pressure too, without the expense of an additional cuff. Using a cuff that's too small will give falsely high readings. This model covers a broader range than some others. Only the very small or the very large will need to special-order an additional cuff.
5. Display - It is easy to read. It's a liquid crystal display, so you do need some light in the room to see it, but the characters are over 1/2" high. The error messages are printed on the front of the monitor, so you don't need to get the instruction manual out to figure out what that little code means. It gives your blood pressure and your pulse. It turns off automatically after about 5 minutes to keep the the batteries will alive practically forever. In fact, I don't remember changing the batteries at all, and we've had this for more than a year.
What doesn't it have?
Memory - I suppose you can get a monitor that tracks your readings, but you'd pay a lot more than the $.79 I paid for my notebook.
Autoinflation - Again, you can get that if you are willing to pay more.
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