Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pressure Pushing Down on Me, Pressing Down on You


Living with a chronic illness can be expensive. Even more so when you don't have access to health insurance. So when I saw this Blood Pressure Wrist Cuff by #WristBPM_EBP017 I knew it would be something I would like to test and review. The hope was that it would work well enough for us to be able to check general blood pressure and potentially track results find patterns. If we come to a doctor appointment with data that shows a trend, the doctor is more open to different possibilities or medications or further testing. And when you can't afford the doctor visits in the frequency that is needed, this data is invaluable.

As you can see pictured above, the cuff comes in a nice box shaped case with a sturdy zipper around about 85% of the top. The top right of the photos shows a bit of the screen as I was unpacking the unit. They do include batteries which is always a nice bonus. In the bottom photo you can see the battery lid has been slid off and placed on top of the zippered case.
Once the batteries are installed all you do is place it on your wrist with the screen on the inside of your arm. Then fasten the velcro cuff in both places. When ready just press the power button (on the bottom right side of the face of the unit) and the machine starts the test.
I did not get the most accurate reading because I was moving around a lot before I turned on the blood pressure cuff. I didn't realize it would start the test as soon as the power button was pressed, so I had to hurry to get the photograph of it at the beginning. I'm blaming the moving and the slight anxiety over the surprise of starting the blood pressure test as soon as I turned it on, as to why my blood pressure and heart rate are slightly elevated above my normal. Well, that and the fact that this is not a high-tech calibrated piece of machinery.

I deny the allegations of user error.

The downside of this cuff is the way the cuff velcro is on both sides. It is difficult to explain, but when you put the cuff on the velcro attaches like you would expect it to. But then you have to fold the end of the cuff back over nothing and there is another velcro attachment. It makes no sense.

All in all, this is good for gathering data. It is not as accurate as the ones in a doctor office or the ones using an arm cuff. I do plan to continue to use this to check for any potential patterns that might indicate there is an issue that needs to be looked at by my doctor.

DISCLAIMERS:
1. I am not a doctor.
2. I do not have any medical training.
3. I am not an expert in anything medical.
4. Do not use this as the sole diagnostics equipment for blood pressure readings.
5. Talk to your doctor,
6. If this is an emergency, please hang up and dial 911.

Also, I received this product at a discount or free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.