So I took some advice from my last post responses and picked up a home monitoring device. It's a manual inflate self-taking w/ the sphyga-thingy. I think I got the hang of it but sometimes when releasing the valve when it reaches, say, 150, I hear a kind of phantom heart beat which then goes away after about 3 beats, then when I continue to release I hear the real beat (with no mistaking) approx 10-15mm lower. Do I go with the real deal or is that phantom beat the actual systolic? And is it OK to stop the release when I hear the beat to look closer at the sphyg and then continue until I no longer hear it and get the dialostic? I think I've got the hang of it but I figured this board probably knows the ins and outs. Thanks.
You are decribing precisely why most of us opt for the automatic version...and perhaps why our doctors manage to get doofy readings much of the time.
Even some of the best hospitals are switching to the automatic devices. Ears are not as trustworthy as semiconductors and transducers.
God I miss you guys. I have been so busy with the new home and fixing it. Now I have an acre of ground to tend to as well. Anyway, on this subject I get the same thing but being an old Medical Assistant I know that the that phantom beat you are hearing is the not the first reading. You will know when it really starts to beat. On the subject of the automatic monitor, can someone give me a good one to get so I can run out and get one today? I have the doc's type now with the dial not the mercury but I have always heard that the mercury is the most accurate. Lisa
On the subject of the automatic monitor, can someone give me a good one to get so I can run out and get one today?
Omron HEM-780. IMHO, it's the best value (and probably best overall) monitor out there. You can buy it at Sam's for around $60. The other great thing about this model is that the included cuff works for pretty much all arm sizes. So, you won't have to buy another cuff if you have a large arm.
MEN with BIG GUNS need a large cuff. If the velcro starts giving when you measure your hubby, the reading is worthless.
There are plenty of supply houses that sell replacement cuffs. They all give the range of arm measurements they fit...double check by measuring. If you have an autoinflate digital read make sure you get a SINGLE TUBE model. The DOUBLE TUBE are for an inflation bulb model <yecch!> Should cost you in the vicinity of $20.
I love my LUMISCOPE 1085M...it has given me great, reliable service and it takes a large range of arm sizes. It cost me much less than $50 (maybe even $30) with a CVS Rebate deal a couple years ago.
I have the OMRON HEM 711AC..I think Palamedes has a newer model than mine. Mine is approx 3 years old and perfect! (Except doesn't have the cuff that will "fit most"). Mine comes with standard cuff that fits arm circumference 9" to 13". If needed, you can order a large cuff for 13"-17" arms.
But Pal's machine sounds great..not having to worry about cuff size.
Bottom line though is that OMRON and LUMISCOPE are both top-o-the-line; accurate, consistent, and seem to last forever.