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