Product Type: Omron Medical Measuring Instruments
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Omron M3 Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Author Name: Praskipark
Omron M3 Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Date: 19/01/12, updated on 19/01/12 (285 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, easy to use, good clear digital readings
Disadvantages: Doesn't detect an Irregular heartbeat, quite expensive
Few facts about the monitor.
* It's digital, compact, simple to use and a good design ideal for travel.
* It comes in its own hard opaque case which fits into a cardboard box.
* Date and time display
* The colour of the unit is grey with a material cuff in grey also, that has a velcrose fastening.
* LCD display is large, clear with bold writing and numbers. Displays Systolic, Diastolic, Pulse and Memory
*What do these terms mean?*:
Systolic (upper) blood pressure is produced when the heart contracts and expels blood into the blood vessels
Diastolic (lower) blood pressure: this is the value measured when the heart muscle is dilated and again fills with blood
*Blood pressure readings are expressed in mmHG*
*Features of the monitor*:
* One touch automatic inflation and deflation
* 99 - measurement automatic memory/recall
* Power saving, automatic shut off in 3 minutes
* Operates on 4 AA batteries
*Correct posture and position*
Before you attempt to take your blood pressure make sure you are feeling calm and relaxed. Be sure to rest for 5 minutes before taking blood pressure measurements. Don't take it when you have just rushed in the house from climbing four flights of stairs or run a marathon. Be sensible.
Place your arm with the palm relaxed upwards on a support and make sure the cuff is at the level of the heart.
Do not move, talk or tighten muscles during the process. This may lead to false readings.
You should take your blood pressure in a quiet place, in a relaxed seating position.
You should wait an hour before taking measurements after having coffee or smoking.
Do not take your blood pressure after having a bath or exercising.
If you feel you need to go to the loo you should go before taking the measurements.
*Using the monitor and measuring blood pressure*
Measurement should be taken on the naked arm which usually has the higher blood pressure value. Wrap the cuff round the upper arm, the tube lies in the centre of the bend of the elbow, pointing towards the hand. Then take the free end of the cuff, wrap it firmly round your arm and close the velcrose fastener. Apply the cuff so that the cuff tube is placed in the centre of the bend of the elbow, on the artery and that the lower edge of the cuff is approximately 2-3cm from the bend of the elbow. The cuff should be firm but not too tight. You should be able to push two fingers between the arm and the cuff.
You can use the monitor on either arm but if you are unsure then ask your doctor. I always use it on my left arm.
It is important to make sure the cuff has been applied correctly as if not it can lead to inaccurate readings. Also, use the markings on the edge of the cuff to check if the cuff size is correct. The white arrow should point on the red marking strip. If the white arrow is outside the red marking, you need another cuff size.
Press the Start/Stop button. The appearance of all display segments followed by a flashing arrow pointing downwards, shows that the device is checking itself automatically and is ready for use. Automatic inflation begins at approximately 190 mmHg. You will feel the arm monitor tighten and then deflate. If you look at the screen at the bottom you will see a small heart and see it beating so you can tell whether your heart beat is irregular or not. (more info about this below)
A beep will indicate the end of the measurement and then you will be able to record the measurement - systolic and diastolic and pulse. A small booklet comes with the device for you to record all measurements.
I'm not going to say too much about blood pressure measurements because you can get this information online but from what I understand established hypertension is defined as repeated measurement of a systolic value greater than 140mmHg and/or a diastolic value greater than 90 mmHg. Readings of less than 100 mmHg systolic and less than 70 mmHg diastolic are considered too low and unlike too high blood pressure readings, too low blood pressure readings are not usually expected to be associated with health risks. However, if you feel unwell, check with your doctor.
*Does the Omron M3 give an accurate reading?*
Good question. The instructions state that this monitor detects an irregular heartbeat. It doesn't. How do I know? My husband suffers from an irregular heartbeat (Arhythmia) and has done for many years. When he first started using this monitor his readings were all over the place - one minute the monitor was giving a reading of low blood pressure (100/60) and then within minutes it was showing a reading of high blood pressure (145/90). Also, the little heart I mentioned earlier couldn't be seen at all. So we stopped using this device and upgraded to a better device that in theory does detect an irregular heartbeat but even with this new machine I wouldn't say it was a 100% true as he still receives outrageous readings but it is more accurate than the device I am reviewing.
My verdict: Firstly, I think it is quite expensive for what it is. However, this digital arm blood pressure monitor is good enough for the daily monitoring of blood pressure between visits to the doctor if there are no problems like Arhythmia. I don't generally suffer from hypertension but I do use this regularly to keep an eye on my measurements and I am happy with the device. It is no good whatsoever for my husband as the readings are too inaccurate but this is because of his Arhythmia. However, the info about the device shouldn't stipulate that it does detect this heart irregularity. This is false.
Remember, monitoring of blood pressure is important and should be checked regularly by a qualified doctor as elevated blood pressure multiplies the risk for other health problems like a heart attack or stroke.
Other info: There is a 3 year guarantee with the monitor and a full instruction booklet written in several languages.
Summary: Ideal for daily monitoring if there are no problems like Arithmia