Should I Use a Wrist or Arm Blood Pressure Monitor?

Monitoring your blood pressure at home is a good way to keep tabs on your health, especially if you have been diagnosed with hypertension. This helps you to understand and control your condition better, and also allows you to monitor the effectiveness of your medicine or treatment.

However, with so many home blood pressure monitors available, how do you choose the right one?

There are two main types of blood pressure monitors: arm (or upper arm) monitors, and wrist monitors.

Upper arm monitors

Upper arm monitors are more widely used, especially by health professionals in clinics and hospitals. One of the reasons for this is because the arm cuff is wrapped around the upper arm, which is naturally at the same level as your heart. This allows it to get a more accurate blood pressure measurement.

Some people shy away from using arm monitors at home, thinking that they are not very user friendly. However, many modern arm monitors are easier to use than you’d think, with features such as automatic processes, digital screens, and pre-formed cuffs making home blood pressure monitoring a simple and quick task.

Wrist monitors

Wrist monitors are often said to be less accurate compared to arm monitors, as the arteries in your wrist are narrower. It is also harder to raise and keep your hand at the level of your heart. However, when used properly as directed, readings from wrist monitors can be as accurate as home arm monitors.

Wrist blood pressure monitors are ideal for those who want something smaller, less bulky, and easy to carry around. They also work well for those who may find it uncomfortable to be measured at their bicep, or people with large arms, or limited hand and/or arm mobility.

Home blood pressure monitors at Anyscales

A&D Blood Pressure Monitor (UA-782)

A&D Blood Pressure Monitor (UA-782)

The UA-782 blood pressure monitor is accurate and reliable, and comes in an attractive design. With A&D’s newest technology, the UA-782 requires a shorter measurement time, and the whisper-silent pump further aids smooth and fast measurements. Its semi-hard shell cuff is easy to fasten and caters to a wider range of arm sizes (17cm - 32cm).

Other features include Irregular Heart Beat (IHB) indicator, blood pressure classification indicator, 90-reading memory, and a convenient cuff holder.

A&D Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (UB-542)

A&D Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (UB-542)

The UB-542 wrist blood pressure monitor has an ultra slim body and an extra-large LCD display. With a clock and calendar function, this monitor allows you to recall your morning or afternoon measurements, as well as your average.

Other features include fast measurement along with inflation, Irregular Heart Beat indicator, blood pressure classification indicator, and 90-memory plus average reading.

At the end of the day, both upper arm and wrist monitors work well for home blood pressure monitoring, but you may want to discuss with your doctor before choosing the device that would best suit you.

To find out more about our range of blood pressure monitors, please contact our team at 1300 738 705, or email [email protected]