Checking reliability of BP monitor

Q: I have a BP monitor “Sunbeam” brand that is 14 years old. I have started using it lately and it seems to give consistent readings, 150/85 to 130/78 depending upon the time of day I take the reading. I am wondering if I should buy a new monitor to be sure that I am getting good readings. Do these devices wear out or lose accuracy over time?

A: Take your blood pressure monitor with you on your next visit to your doctor. You can compare your monitor reading with that taken by your doctor. If both readings are similar, you can be confident your monitor is still working.

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