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We have had this device for quite a long time and it has been of great use. As a medic, I'm always using this to check a couple of my vital signs if I am concerned at all. The device works very well and is ever so easy to use, so it's ideal for older people who may need to keep an eye on their blood pressure and heart rate, who may be incapable of using anything too complicated.
This device measures both blood pressure and heart rate. It gives you a systolic and diastolic reading for the blood pressure (in mmHg) along with your heart rate in beats per minute. Ours cost us 65 euros and came in a white box. The Tensoval logo is in dark blue bold letters on the front with 'mobil' in ligher blue letters. It's designed to be taken anywhere with you.
It is described as a 'fully automatic blood pressure watch'. Inside the box, the wristwatch comes in a little blue pouch with a good quality zip. There are also some simple instructions on how to use the device. I have found the device to be quite accurate although it's often hard to compare. You should always take 2 or even 3 readings at a time and get an average to be sure of your results as your blood pressure and heart rate can change.
To help stop this, you should be sat down and relaxed at a normal room temperature for 5 minutes before using this. The wristwatch fits wrists, which are 12.5 - 21.5 cm in circumference. This should fit a large range of wrists. You can adjust the size with the strap, which has bits of Velcro on it for a snug fit. You can use it on either wrist. There are a few buttons on the device - M1, M2 and START/STOP.
The M1 and M2 buttons are memory buttons - this device can store the last 2 readings, which is very useful in case you forgot one or are wanting to compare to your previous readings if you are the only one using this. The device itself has a dark blue strap with a grey outline. The screen is quite large and shows a digital display. On the left on a grey background are some labels for what will show on the screen including SYS mmHg, DIA mmHg and Pulse 1/min. As you can see, the units are besides each label although I guess pulse should be labelled as 'bpm', which most people know as beats per minute.
Upon insertion of the two AAA batteries that this device takes, you can use the memory and START/STOP key to set both the time and date. This will be used to record the details of your previous 2 recordings in the memory. To use the device, you just have to switch it on pressing the START/STOP button once it's on your wrist and it will start inflating. The wrist it's on should be held at the same level as your heart, which is behind your breastbone.
Once inflated to it's fullest, it will begin measuring the blood pressure and you may feel your pulse beating on your wrist. This is perfectly normal as the pressure is applied to your wrist - just like when you apply your finger to it and you can feel the pulse through that. In around 30 seconds, you will receive all 3 readings and these are automatically saved.
It's very easy to use and works well. It's quite reliable and very portable so can be taken around anywhere. It's a very useful device to have if you know anything about blood pressure as it can be used to diagnose things such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or even hypotension (low blood pressure). For pregnant women, this is very useful to monitor your blood pressure, which is important during pregnancy. I'd certainly recommend buying this although it's not overly cheap.
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I am not sure if this prouct is accurate. I have my blood pressure checked up at the hospital and I've got 155/110 and I checked my BP using my new Tensoval Mobil and it gave me 120/82. Anybody can tell me please what went wrong.
I was concerned about the fluctuations in my blood pressure. It goes up and down like a yo-yo, and having already suffered a minor stroke, am aware that my body needs looking after and regular checks. I also take blood thinning tablets, and medication to make the blood less sticky, and like to know that the medicines are doing their job.
When I bought the Hartmann Tensoval Mobile, I had never used one at home before, and wondered if it would end up stored in the back of a cupboard unused like so many gadgets, though at 55 Euros, it wasn't too much of a gamble, and I decided that both my husbands' health and my own were sufficiently important to keep an eye on. We are not spring chickens. We are nearing retirement age, and are getting accustomed to the fact that as the body gets older, it gets less efficient.
The machine comes without the batteries needed, which are two ultra M3 batteries (the next size down to the AA ones), and setting the machine up was well explained in the leaflet that comes with the machine, having a time and date which was exceedingly useful for us. Upon changing batteries, the date and time need to be re-set although this procedure is clearly explained in the brochure and is simple. Batteries last more than a month regularly using the machine which is not excessive, nor that expensive.
This is a bracelet type of measurer of blood pressure, and the material that makes the bracelet is strong and reinforced, easily slips around the wrist and has a start/stop button to get it into action. It pumps up, and then it takes your blood pressure, and the booklet tells you not to move during the reading, and to hold your arm across your chest.
What was interesting on first use was that we had not realised that it also measures your pulse, or how many beats your heart does per minute, and believe it or not, this was one of the most useful areas of the gadget because it actually told us which things were stressing the heart. Thinking that someone in an athletes state of health measures around the 40-50 mark, people of our age can have anything up to 110 beat per minute, though this can be controlled to a certain extent by regular exercising, and by breathing correctly. I was astounded at the difference that I have made myself in the last month, bringing that heartbeat down to 65 from a staggering 80, just by being sensible and walking regularly.
The actual measurement of blood pressure is very clear on the machine showing on a little screen the systolic pressure (which is the pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body) and the diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes in between pumping). These readings are a good evaluation of blood pressure, although care should be taken to take the blood pressure always at the same times of day, and preferably under the same circumstances, since if taken at different times, and after different activities, then blood pressure is for ever changing.
One of the nicest things I found with this machine was that it tested well against my doctor's traditional machine and she insisted that before we started to monitor our own blood pressure, she was given the chance to test the machine for accuracy. It was spot on ! Now, with the machine at home, both my husband and I measure our blood pressure once a day, and the gadget's efficiency doesn't stop there. It has two memory functions, and these can either be used to keep a record of 30 days measurements morning and evening of one patient, or like us, measurement once a day at the same time of two people. Upon visits to the doctor, she is able to determine whether medication needs to be upped, or kept the same, and the reassurance that the gadget gives us is very good, and actually saves us journeys to the doctor on the premise that we think something is wrong, when in fact nothing is.
The only downside to this machine as opposed to others I saw was that the others come in a small plastic container, although when you look at the flimsy plastic that they are made of compared to this one, it was probably a wise move on the part of the makers. This one doesn't need one, but being a neat person, I would have liked one.
The machine is pretty solid compared with others available, and certainly looked more professional and less flimsy than others, and for us has been a must, which is used every single day, keeping a thirty day memory to coincide with visits to the doctor. I think its' importance outweighs the doubts that went through my mind before I purchased, because at the end of the day you only have one body, and looking after it is essential.
Coming with a Two year guarantee, and an instruction leaflet that is clear and easy to follow, no household should be without one, as I believe it to be as essential as having a thermometer in the house.
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PAUL HARTMANN AG
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Special designed for blood pressure measurement on the wrist, Tensoval Mobil is ideal for use almost anywhere. Its compact size and simple operation make it an attractive and handy device.