One of the main types of automatic digital blood pressure monitor recommended by the American Hypertension Society is the Omron BP785 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor. Research in the American Medical Journal has shown that people taking their own blood pressure measurements at home in a stress-free environment get more accurate readings, and they want to know the best type of equipment recommended by medical associations.
The American Hypertension Society has approved the Omron BP785 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor A and D machines as they were shown to be accurate after thorough independent testing. The devices in the Omron range are compact and easy to store or carry around, with clear large numbers on the screen to make it easy to read the blood pressure measurement. Some of the models give a printout of the reading.
It is essential to have the cuff fitted correctly to get an accurate reading and some blood pressure monitors only have a standard cuff size. With Omron digital blood pressure monitors you can find models with cuffs to fit very large or small arm sizes, so even if different family members want to use the device for thin and large arms this would be possible.
On a thin arm the wrong sized cuff can give a false low blood pressure reading, while a large arm in a tight cuff can give an inaccurate high result. All Omron digital blood pressure monitors have a choice of small, standard and large cuffs, and the Omron BP785 model has a dual-sized Comfort Cuff for accurate measurements on various arm sizes.
Although Omron digital blood pressure monitors are accurate and well designed, as well as being recommended by the American Hypertension society, the price starts at around $40. The difference in cost between one of these recommended devices and a less accurate machine isn’t great so it’s worth considering one of the better devices from Omron.