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Posted by Maria on November 11, 1999 at 12:14:47:

In Reply to: Home bp moniters,are they accurate. posted by JAMES .T on November 07, 1999 at 07:06:27:

: I have purchased an electronic bp meter rather than the stethascope type and wish to know if they are concidered as accurate.It seems to read a lot lower than the stythascope system my chiropractic used on me,but this had a dial gauge readout rather than mercuric type so may have been out of calibration its self.Does any one have comfirmation of these digital oscillemeytic type meters,I have noticed that it seems to carry on lowering the diastolic figure long after I feel the pulsing in my arm stop(it is the full arm cuff type).This suggests that it is more sensitive than the stythascope method but standards have been set by the styth -method so is the reading missleadingly low.

I went to the doctor's yesterday to get my blood pressure checked. I have been using a wrist monitor a co-worker loaned me. I asked her about the accuracy of wrist monitor's. She told me the monitor's are not 100% accurate and advised me to take my BP at the local drugstore. My blood pressure was consistently reading 128 over 94 on the wrist monitor. When the doctor checked it, it was 150 over 80. (borderline).

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