Accuracy of a wrist BP monitor

Q:  I use a wrist monitor device to measure my blood pressure. My doctor feels it is not an accurate device. He wants me to use the one that goes around the bicep area, but I have trouble using that one.  I always get “error” readings.  Is the wrist monitor really known to be inaccurate?

A:  It can be harder to get an accurate reading with a wrist monitor. However, a well made wrist monitor that is used properly can give accurate results. Since you have difficulty using an arm monitor, a wrist monitor makes sense.  I suggest you take your wrist monitor with you on your next doctor visit and compare readings.  You may need to get a different model or change the way you are using it.

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