Blood Pressure Monitors: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Blood-Pressure Monitor Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at this consumer organization review 21 top-selling automatic blood pressure monitors for factors such as accuracy, comfort and convenience. This is the largest test we found of specific models, but only subscribers can read this report. A large number of models are recommended -- 15 out of 21 models.
Validated Blood Pressure Monitors
by Editors of British Hypertension Society
Our AssessmentAlthough the nonprofit British Hypertension Society (BHS) doesn't test blood pressure monitors itself, it lists various types of units that have been tested by others using BHS or other well-accepted protocols. Only devices that are tested and achieve a grade of at least B for systolic and diastolic measurements are listed; the result is dozens upon dozens of approved monitors divided by their intended home or clinical uses. Arm and wrist units are described as suitable for home use, but the BHS says arm blood pressure monitors are recommended because they're less prone to error. All of the monitors are available in the U.K., and many can be purchased in the U.S. None of the monitors receives much in the way of discussion, so it's impossible to single any out as better than the others listed; however, this is a useful reference if you wonder how well your blood pressure monitor holds up against established standards.
Sphygmomanometers for Self-measurement of Blood Pressure (SBPM)
by No author named
Our AssessmentThe dabl Educational Trust compiles a lengthy list of blood pressure monitors, assigning each a Recommended, Not Recommended or Questionable status. The table also lists whether each device is certified by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the British Hypertension Society (BHS) and the European Society of Hypertension (EHS), and briefly notes the circumstances under which the devices may or may not be used.
Blood Pressure Monitors: Review and Compare
by Matthew Steen
Our AssessmentEditors at Choice magazine, an Australian publication similar to ConsumerReports.org, test 14 automatic blood pressure monitors and rate them on accuracy, ease of use, comfort and other factors. A detailed comparison chart is included. Only two of four recommended models are available in the U.S., however. Additional sections include a description of features to look for, information on managing high blood pressure and how to measure blood pressure.
by Lucy Elkins
Our AssessmentEight home blood pressure monitors, some of which are available in the U.S., are tested in this report from a U.K. newspaper. Each is assessed for accuracy compared to a mercury sphygmomanometer, and each is evaluated for ease of use and features by a high-blood pressure patient and a physician. The A&D Medical LifeSource UA-767 Plus receives the highest rating.
Health Monitors: Blood Pressure
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThis Internet retailer lets customers post opinions about products -- including blood pressure monitors -- after they're bought. Although the reports lack the precision and depth of professional reviews and medical journal articles, they are a good way to gauge minor differences among the many blood pressure monitors on the market, particularly how easy and comfortable each monitor is to use. The user feedback here is especially valuable when considered in conjunction with the accuracy reports from the British Hypertension Society and elsewhere.
Blood Pressure Monitors
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentLike other major online retailers, Drugstore.com allows customers to write reviews of the products they purchase. Many blood pressure monitors have one or two reviews, but we found three models with a 4.5-star or better overall rating based on nine or more reviews --consistent enough feedback to get an idea of what users really think. Each review includes a short list of pros and cons, plus one- or two-sentence comments.
Home Medical: Blood Pressure Monitors
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com stocks a variety of low- to mid-priced blood pressure monitors, many of which receive user reviews. Several models stand out with particularly large numbers of reviews (more than 200 for the ReliOn Auto Inflate Digital Blood Pressure Monitor) and good ratings.
Blood Pressure Monitors & Accessories
by Contributors to Walgreens.com
Our AssessmentMany of the blood pressure monitors sold at Walgreens.com have at least one owner review, and a few have attracted dozens. Five models stand out with a 4.5-star or better overall rating out of 5, based on 10 or more user reviews.
Home Sphygmomanometers: Validation Versus Accuracy
by Tekina Akpolat, et al.
Our AssessmentFive hundred automatic blood pressure monitors are evaluated in this study, which finds that about 72 percent of the units are inaccurate. Researchers find that devices meeting the British Hypertension Society's (BHS) standards are much more likely to be accurate.
Accuracy of Home Blood Pressure Monitors Questioned
by Leah Zerbe
Our AssessmentThis article discusses a recent study from The American Journal of Cardiology on the accuracy of home blood pressure monitoring. The study's co-author, Dr. Robert Kloner, offers insightful commentary on his research team's findings.
Validation of the Omron M5-I, R5-I and HEM-907 Automated Blood Pressure Monitors in Elderly Individuals According to the International Protocol of the European Society of Hypertension
by Stefanoa Omboni, et al.
Our AssessmentThis medical journal article tests the accuracy of three Omron blood pressure monitors. Two are designed for home use -- the Omron M5-I (upper arm) and Omron R5-I (wrist) -- and the third is a professional model. The article also highlights the importance of self-monitoring by patients at home.
Can Validated Wrist Devices With Position Sensors Replace Arm Devices for Self-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring? A Randomized Crossover Trial Using Ambulatory Monitoring as Reference
by George S. Stergiou, et al.
Our AssessmentThis study evaluates three blood pressure monitors to determine whether wrist devices with position sensors are effective for self-home monitoring. Using an ambulatory blood pressure device that's worn all day as a control for accurate readings, results reveal that the Omron 705-IT arm monitor comes closer to the control than the Omron HEM-637 (R7) wrist device.
The HoMedics BPA-200 and BPA-300 Home Blood Pressure Devices Fail the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol and Cannot Be Recommended for Patient Use
by Clarence E. Grim and Carlene M. Grim
Our AssessmentIn this medical journal abstract, two researchers report on their tests of two blood pressure monitors. The HoMedics BPA-200 and BPA-300 -- both upper-arm monitors -- fail to meet standards set by the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol.
Test Lab: Blood Pressure Kits
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentLike ConsumerReports.org and Australia's Choice magazine, the British publication Which? performs independent testing of home blood pressure monitors. Five upper-arm and five wrist units are tested in this older roundup, which includes buying advice and a comparison chart. While the models featured aren't available in the U.S., readers from any country may be interested to see that four out of the five wrist monitors scored so low that they couldn't be recommended.
Home Is Where the Heart Is: Call for Greater Use of Home Blood-Pressure Monitoring
by Michael O'Riordan
Our AssessmentThis article cites the importance of home blood pressure monitoring for patients with hypertension and those at risk for other health problems. A scientific committee representing the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association cautions patients to use only monitors that have been validated for accuracy and reliability according to standard international testing protocols. The article doesn't recommend specific units but lists features patients should look for in a home blood pressure monitor.
Blood Pressure Monitors
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, Epinions.com lets consumers write reviews of products they own. A few blood pressure monitors have garnered a handful of reviews -- usually one to five -- but most go unrated, and it's impossible to sort the listings according to user ratings.