Making sense of blood pressure equipment

Home monitoring is an essential part of managing your blood pressure. It’s important to pick the right monitor and other equipment for your needs. The first thing to look for is whether it is an approved device. There are several organizations that inspect and approve blood pressure equipment that meets certain standards, including the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the British Hypertension Society. Monitors and devices sold by Medex Supply are all approved and offer quality and value. Here are just a few that are available for purchase:

ADC Advantage 6012 Semi-Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor
Omron Manual Inflation Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
Mabis Automatic Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with SmartRead Plus Technology
Medline Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Lumiscope Automatic Blood Pressure & Pulse Monitor

The right cuff can make a big difference in the accuracy and reliability of the device. The width of the cuff should be two-thirds of the length from elbow to shoulder; the cuff should be long enough to comfortably wrap your entire arm, and the bladder — the part that inflates — should be 80 percent of the circumference of your upper arm. That means if your arm is eight inches around, the inflating part should be about six and a half inches long. A cuff that is too small will result in a reading that is higher than it should be; one that is too large will give an artificially low result. Either can impact your care. Medex Supply offers a variety of sizes and types of cuff. Cuffs available for digital monitors will often be different from those designed for use with aneroid (dial) devices. Some of the cuffs available include:

ADC ADCUFF Blood Pressure Cuff
Omron Blood Pressure Cuff
Welch Allyn Adult Blood Pressure Cuff and Two-Tube Bladder
Labtron Blood Pressure Cuff
Philips Reusable Blood Pressure Cuff

Sphygmomanometer,” from roots meaning “pulse pressure measuring instrument,” is a scary looking word, but finding the right one doesn’t have to be frightening. They come in manual and digital. Manual devices are less expensive and offer you more control, but they can be difficult to use, which can lead to erroneous readings. Costlier digital devices do the work for you, and so are more likely to be accurate. They can also do more, checking your heart rate and other vital signs at the same time that they measure your blood pressure. Both kinds can be found at Medex Supply, from a variety of top name brands, including:

ADC Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Blood Pressure Cuff
Labstar Deluxe Sphygmomanometer
Welch Allyn Classic Style Pocket Aneroid
MDF Medic Palm Aneroid Sphygmomanometer
Omron Sphygmomanometer with Cotton Cuff

When your doctor takes you blood pressure, they will often use a stethoscope at the same time to listen to blood flow in your arteries. However, it’s not always easy for a non-professional to hear or interpret this. Combination instruments from Medex Supply have sensors that detect this blood flow and let you know if everything is as it should be or if there’s a problem that needs to be looked at. Below are just some of the many combination kits Medex Supply has to offer.

ADC Prosphyg 790 Series
MDF Calibra Pro Aneroid Sphygmomanometer & Stethoscope
Mabis MatchMates Sphygmomanometer & Dual Head Stethoscope Combination Kit
Lumiscope Professional Combo Kit
Prestige Medical Sprague Stethoscope & Blood Pressure Kit

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