Monitoring blood pressure?

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I'm posting this here because some of the new monitors have Bluetooth and much more high tech sensors than they use to so they're sort of a Technology gadget ... maybe. :D

I've been bugging my wife, who is an RN, BSN, to check my blood pressure for quite a while but there seems to always be something more important (???) for her to do. Maybe she's hoping I'll stroke out. I'm getting a bit worried because my doctor changed my medication on my last visit and I haven't checked it since.

How do you guys monitor your blood pressure? Our old BP monitor bit the dust so I can't check it by myself. Do any of you recommend a particular BP monitor?
 

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Bought mine at CVS and check it with a machine at work during weekdays. I went from taking 300mg to 150mg and now at 75mg by losing weight. Started running 2 years ago to drop the weight. For the last six months I started running in local 5k and 10k races. Bought a mountain bike few months back and been enjoying riding that also for some extra excercise.
 
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Whatever machine you decide on, try sitting and relaxing for 10 minutes before taking the reading. Also, feet on the floor as said, machine about heart level. I've tried this vs just a rushed reading, and truly saw a difference. Quite the opposite of how I've usually had it done at a Dr.'s office. About 6 years ago, they changed the threshold for what is borderline high BP by lowering it to the 130's range. Makes you wonder... I have taken medicine and don't advocate not using it to lower BP, but I've seen beet juice lower mine before.
 

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I have an Omron Series 3. I check it with the Dr.'s office and it is close to the reading they get. I've had it
for 5 years at least. Also shows your pulse rate. It's battery powered. About 35-40 dollars. Walmart.
 

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I have an Omron Series 3. I check it with the Dr.'s office and it is close to the reading they get. I've had it
for 5 years at least. Also shows your pulse rate. It's battery powered. About 35-40 dollars. Walmart.
Thanks for also stating the brand and model. I keep seeing the Omron monitors recommended in reviews but having an individual recommend one carries more weight in my mind.
 

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Yeah, whatever you get take it to your Dr’s office and do a side by side. If yours says 120/80 and there’s says 130/90 you’ll know how much to “adjust” your readings at home. Either that or return it and try again. But from what I’ve seen when shopping for my own most of the regular brand portables are pretty accurate.
 

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On a humorous note (when have I not) I looked up the portable my wife recently bought. It works well for her…an upper arm type. Mine is a wrist type…Omron (?) and is fine as well. But use the link and check out the bullet point description of the one below. Each one of the points is about magnetic glamour false eyelashes. Hmmmm. Truth in advertising?

 
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