Frequently Asked Questions on Blood Pressure Monitors and Kits


What can be done to better manage your blood pressure?

Managing blood pressure doesn’t take a lot of work. In fact, small changes to your lifestyle can help.

Exercise: Just be a little more active. Walk instead of driving; take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

Eat Smart: Try to find low-fat, low-sodium diet that also tastes great. Potassium found in bananas and carrots is the best medicine for your heart.

Kick the Habits: Minimize your alcohol and cigarette intake.

Stifle Your Stress: Stress is a normal part of life. But too much can increase the risk of heart disease. Relax by doing activities you enjoy (yoga, gardening, walking, etc.) and your heart can benefit.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home: Monitoring your blood pressure at home on a regular basis provides you and your healthcare professional with the information to best manage your blood pressure.

Why is measuring your blood pressure at home important?

Anyone with, or at risk of high blood pressure, should monitor their blood pressure at home. Home blood pressure monitoring is one of the best methods of understanding a person’s blood pressure trend in their own environment.

What should be the tolerance limit of home blood pressure monitors?

It is always important to investigate accuracy and ease of use before purchasing a home blood pressure monitor. Blood Pressure Monitors should be clinically validated to be within the following:

  • Blood pressure: within +/- 3 mmHg or 2 percent
  • Pulse: within +/- 5 percent of reading
What are the common causes of getting blood pressure readings that are inaccurate?

Blood pressure changes throughout the day and night, or in different settings where you may take your blood pressure. Many things, such as stress levels, food or drink intake, activity levels, even time of day can all affect a person’s blood pressure reading at any given time. However, below are some common situations that can lead to inconsistent or inaccurate readings:

  • Using the wrong cuff size for your arm
  • Not using the cuff correctly
  • Activities right before taking a measurement
  • Incorrect body position or moving too much
  • Non-Persistent timing of taking measurements
What are the different styles of cuffs?
  • D-Ring Cuff: A d-ring cuff is a standard type of blood pressure cuff that you would usually see in your doctor’s office. It is a cuff where the user loops one end of the cuff through a metal ring, then fastens it to the arm 
  • Expandable Cuff: A pre-formed upper arm cuff that expands to fit both regular and large sized arms (upper arm circumferences between 9 and 17 inches). It is designed to ensure more comfortable, accurate readings
  • Wrist Cuff: A wrist cuff is similar to an upper arm cuff, however you can wrap it around your wrist instead of your upper arm