Finding the right home blood pressure monitor can be a hard task if you don't know what you're looking for. Here are some tips to help

How to choose a home blood pressure monitor

If you decide to monitor your blood pressure at home, you will need to get a home blood pressure monitor. But there's a wide range available, so how do you know which is best? Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when you're choosing a monitor, as they'll be able to help you select the best model for you. Opt for a monitor that measures your blood pressure at your upper arm rather than at your wrist or finger in order to get the most accurate results.

Here's some advice about other features to look for in a home blood pressure monitor:

Get the right size cuff. Measure around your bare arm halfway between your shoulder and elbow to find your size.

Select a monitor that is endorsed by the Canadian Hypertension Society. The sentence "Recommended by the Canadian Hypertension Society" will appear somewhere on the box or in the manual. See www.hypertension.ca for a list of CHS-endorsed monitors.

Choose a monitor you can afford. Monitors vary in price and some of the more expensive models may include features that you don't need.

Keep your monitor calibrated to make sure the reading is accurate. Send it back to the manufacturer or take it in to your healthcare provider every year to get it recalibrated.

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Stealth Health, Reader's Digest Canada

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