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Old 10-20-2004, 12:52 PM   #1
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Wrist monitor prescribed by doctor

I am having a problem with high readings in the doctor's office,
yet low readings on taken at home with my digital arm cuff monitor.
My doctor sent me home with a cardio wrist monitor that takes
readings for you when you activate it several times a day.
He said these readings will then be sent out for evaluation
to see if it is white coat or not.

I am to wear the wrist monitor face up like
wearing a watch. I am to bend my arm to my chest and hold
it at heart level while taking my bp reading. It feels like such
a strange position to hold the monitor. All the other bp
monitors are taken with the arm out or resting at heart level.

Can these readings be accurate? I've done it a few times and
they seem to be all over the place.
Just wondering.

 
Old 10-21-2004, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: Wrist monitor prescribed by doctor

Autumn,

I'm puzzled. I've never heard of any wrist monitor being more accurate than an arm cuff system.

When bending your arm to your chest, is your arm resting on chest or held in mid-air?

Sent out for evalution? Sent where and to whom? What exactly does that mean.... Does it mean you are not seeing or taking these readings yourself at all?...that somehow the monitor is "storing" them?

What is the brand/name/model of this monitor?

And last but not least (sorry for firing off so many questions!) but what readings are you getting with your arm cuff at home and what is the doc getting in his office?

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Re: Wrist monitor prescribed by doctor

I also am dying to hear about this, as it is certainly something I never heard of before. Good luck Atumn, hope all turns out ok.....

 
Old 10-21-2004, 08:17 AM   #4
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Re: Wrist monitor prescribed by doctor

Hi.

The diagram/illustration shows you are to wear the wrist monitor
with the read-outs upwards, like wearing wrist watch.
Bend your arm (with no support) in front of your chest at heart
level and look down at it to press start until it takes the reading.
It looks like a German made model and it takes the readings inside
the monitor which are then sent out somewhere to read.
Your arm is basically held in mid air, across your chest.
The monitor stores the readings for one week.

In the doctor's office my bp is usually 160/100 and he knows I have
white-coat. At home I have my own omron digital arm cuff that averages
128/78 since I've been on diovan/hctz. This is taken sitting at my
desk with my arm resting on the desk. A stressfull day will read
138/82.

The idea of a wrist monitor taken at an odd position just made me
wonder if the readings will be accurate.

 
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Re: Wrist monitor prescribed by doctor

I have the same question as you do regarding accuracy....given that the wrist monitor readings are taken on a tense unsupported arm.

I've had 4 doctors warn me that it is critical that the arm be limp and relaxed and that even with an arm-cuff monitor, just so much as crossing your legs when seated can give false high readings..

zuzu xxx

 
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