Blood Pressure Monitors
Which type of blood pressure monitor is recommended to use at
High Blood Pressure affects millions of people in the UK increasing
the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
- High blood
pressure usually has no symptoms.
- The only
way for you to know if you have normal, high or low blood pressure
is to have it measured
- You can measure
your blood pressure in your own home ideally with a reliable,
accurate blood pressure monitor.
- The information
below is intended to help you make an informed purchase should
you decide to buy a machine to use at home.
- These machines
are available to buy online at First
Aid Warehouse, Medisave and Amazon
Types of Machines
For ease of use machines can be fully automatic and measure blood
pressure correctly on the upper arm at heart level. The readings
are given on a digital display and can be stored in the monitor's
memory or printed out. There are many different types of machines
available however the standards of accuracy may vary. The information
on these pages will hopefully help you make an informed decision
on your purchase - which machines are best, where to buy them from
trusted online stores and how to use the blood pressure monitor
Sometimes your blood pressure is raised when taken in a clinical
or medical environment, such as your doctor’s surgery. This
is called white coat hypertension
and can be caused by feeling anxious, or by being in a busy or noisy
environment. Blood pressure readings taken at home are often lower
than those taken at a doctor’s surgery, whether a doctor or
a nurse takes them. Readings taken away from the clinic are now
seen to give a more accurate picture of your normal blood pressure.
Research published in the British Medical Journal revealed that
people who monitor their blood pressure at home have better blood
pressure control. The paper, "Blood pressure control by home
monitoring.." shows clear evidence that patient involvement
in the monitoring of blood pressure brings better results than those
monitored solely at their surgery or clinic.
Recommended Blood Pressure Monitors
Staff taking general enquiries at the Blood Pressure Association became
aware that increasingly people are measuring their own blood pressure
at home, and are keen to know what machines are recommended. There
is a wide range of machines available to the public. If you are
considering buying a blood pressure monitor it is important that
you make an informed purchase, it is worth investigating the quality,
types and check prices before you buy a machine for home use.
Details of blood pressure monitors suitable for home use, compiled
by the British Hypertension Society (BHS) are available on their
Web site you may find it a useful guide when you buy a blood pressure
monitor. All of the monitors on this list are digital upper arm
monitors and have been through independent testing shown in research
to be accurate and are currently available.
To access the current British Hypertension Society list of Automatic
Digital Blood Pressure Devices for Home use
I check Web sites regularly for availability and best price on
accurate machines (listed by the British Hypertension Society) and
happily provide links to these sites which stock a wide range of
Omron and A + D Instruments recommended machines. Leading
online suppliers of blood pressure monitors are Medisave and Firstaidwarehouse.co.uk
who both currently offer a price match guarantee on BHS validated machines.
UK - Below are details of the British Hypertension
Society validated monitors - regular price checking shows
the machines below to be the best online offers available
in the UK
US visitors For information about automatic digital
upper arm machines available in the USA including manufacturers
Omron Marshall, A+D instruments, click
here and view the very latest Omron
HEM-711DLX Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with ComFit Cuff
For a free copy of the excellent information fact sheet "Measuring
your blood pressure at home" produced by the Blood Pressure
Monitoring Organisation click here
Where can I Buy a Validated Blood Pressure Monitor?
A wide range of machines are available from The First Aid Warehouse
and Medisave and often include free gifts and promotions (free pedometer
with Omron Machine at First Aid Warehouse or First Aid Kit with
Monitors bought from Medisave.
Omron, Microlife and A+D Instruments: Machines approved by the
British Hypertension Society. See the entire
list of BHS approved blood pressure monitors here or choose
from the selected machines below.
The First Aid Warehouse are online UK distributors of medical equipment
to both medical professionals and individual home users. They stock
a wide range of blood pressure monitors including automatic digital
machines validated for accuracy by the British Hypertension Society
BHS. They consistently score high on excellent value for money and
high quality service. They stock blood pressure machines that the
British Hypertension Society recommend - Microlife, Omron and A
and D Instruments - accurate monitors for home use and regularly
include promotions with their sales. Visit the First Aid Warehouse
blood pressure monitor department.
It is also worth checking which Omron monitors are available at Amazon - see the current range of Omron monitors available from Amazon
Omron M6 Comfort upper arm digital automatic
blood pressure monitor is £55 at Medisave
- check the site for details of special free gift promations.
Read full details of the Omron
The Omron M7 is the perfect device for all users
interested in an upper arm monitor that is easy to use and extremely
comfortable. The device comes with the unique ML comfort cuff. This
cuff fits all, normal adult size (from 22cm) to the very large arm
size of 42 cm. So it can be used by different people in one family
or by professionals having different patients. The Omron M7 Blood
pressure Monitor is £59.99 including vat and a free gift,
about the Omron 7 blood pressure monitor...
The Omron M7 blood pressure monitor is £59.99 inc vat online
Follow this link to see details of the very latest Omron
M10 Blood Pressure Monitor
A+D Instruments Monitors
A and D UA-787 automatic machine £57.39 inc vat at both First
Aid Warehouse and Medisave.
A & D 787L (Large Cuff included) is slightly more expensive
and is available at First
Read more about selected
A and D Models here
Microlife Blood Pressure Machines
Microlife 123 Blood Pressure monitor is validated by the British
It is a simple and easy to use affordable blood pressure monitor,
as the name suggests it is as easy as 123
The Microlife 123 is economically priced £30.00 inc vat at Firstaidwarehouse.co.uk or visit
for best online price.
Microlife BP3AC has recently been clinically approved and is in
stock priced £79 and is available to buy here at Medisave
Using the right size of cuff is important for an accurate reading.
Most people use the standard size cuff that comes with the monitor
and get an accurate reading. However, some people have very thin
or very large arms and a standard size cuff may produce inaccurate
readings. Most machines come with a standard cuff but you can buy
larger or smaller cuffs from suppliers like Medisave
or First Aid Warehouse to ensure a proper fit.
The Blood Pressure Association is represented on government committees
to extend and update the standards used to measure the accuracy
of blood pressure monitors available to the general consumer. The
Blood Pressure Association is working with the Medical Devices Agency
(part of the Department of Health), and British Standards Institute
to try and ensure that all home medical equipment including blood
pressure monitors are tested for accuracy.
The Blood Pressure Association's National Blood Pressure Testing
week - "know your numbers" campaign runs during the second
week of September each year. Visit their site to see where
you can have you blood pressure checked for free.