One of the major health issues troubling all humans at the moment is the fluctuating blood pressure irrespective of our age. This leads us to visit the doctor or the nearby clinic quite often. Therefore to avoid, this many of us prefer to purchase and use the Blood Pressure monitors or a Sphygmomanometer what it’s called in the medical terms. We start using them without giving a thought to the fact whether these devices are accurate enough or not. Keeping this sensitive topic in mind I thought of sharing this small piece of knowledge. So, this is what I found in my research.
The latest Canadian research advises us to shun such devices because they might be not as accurate as the one used by a doctor. Led by Jennifer Ringrose, a team from the University of Alberta in Calgary tested a number of home monitors used by 85 patients averaging 66 years of age.
The study found that the units were wrong within five mmHg of blood pressure about 70 percent of the time. Surprisingly, these devices were inaccurate by at least 10 mmHg about 30 percent of the time, the researchers added.
This is to mark that such inaccuracy might turn into some serious consequences for the patients’ health because one gets alert only when he/she gets the right readings.