What you think about automatic B.P machines ??

@akp100 (13390)
India
August 23, 2011 6:10am CST
Hello Friends Here at our home we having both kind of blood pressure machines, Manual machine and automatic machine. Now today i was just measuring my blood pressure using automatic machine.. And it shows 70(lower)-90(upper).. I thought upper measurement is wrong. So I told my dad to measure again with manual machine. And it shows 75-125.. My dad told me that its a normal one. Now I was confused why there is such different between both machines.. My dad told me that automatic machines aren't that active.. Is it true?? I think they are quite easy in measuring blood pressure... as manual machine are little harder to use( at least for me).. Do you can measure using the manual one ?
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
23 Aug 11
The automatic machines rely on exact placement of the cuff and are therefore not suitable for amateur usage. My experience is also that they are not reliable in the long term, breaking down often, and quickly.
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Yes surely I am not the expert in measuring BP. Still in the learning state. So they are not that reliable. My dad was telling me the same. But I wasn't aware with that they are not that durable. I thought they are good in durability as they are smaller than the manually one.
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@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
23 Aug 11
The Bp which is manual and has mercury is the most acurate but it was prohibited to use because of the mercury content, also it depends on the person who is taking the blood pressure if he/she is really able to hear the systolic and diastolic sounds using the stethoscope. Digital ones are easy to use but when the battery is low, the result is not accurate.
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Hi Well here most of the doctors using the manually machine (with mercury system). As doctors prefer those so yes may be they are the most accurate one. And surely the results are depend on the person who is measuring it. About digital machines, yes they are quite easy in use. Just press the button and rest of the process will be handle by it.. But as i heard they aren't that accurate in compare of manually one.. So better use the manual machine.
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@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
23 Aug 11
Really they are still using BP with mercury? In my country it was prohibited and now the hospitals there replaced their BP apparatus. But still some clinic are using also BP with mercury maybe when someone is inspecting they are hiding those? hehehe.
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
I wasn't aware with such thing. I mean here it is not prohibited.. I wonder if something like this is prohibited. Most of the doctor prefers to use the same machine.
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
23 Aug 11
Hi AKP Bro, when it comes to health, I have formulated a rule - Never consult two doctors or two machines. They would always differ and put me in confusions. Though I have rarely got any chance to get my BP checked via normal machines, The automatic ones have always shown that I have low blood pressure - 60-70 on the lower and 80-110 on the uppper. The machines - manual or automatic - are good as I love the pressure on the arm more than any other testing machines
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Hi Friend You love that pressure !!! And I think it bit more. May be I am fitting that belt little heavier.. As per I heard those digital machines can give you an inaccurate results.. But as you checked from doctor it is okay. About lower BP, I guess it is good in compare of having high blood pressure. Yes consulting two things for a similar work is always confusing. Not only in this but in many other cases too.
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• India
23 Aug 11
You love that pressure... It was my first time so I was really concerned if it will ever stop inflating! And that's true I was scared
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
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@hora_fugit (5430)
• India
23 Aug 11
I can measure BP using manual machine, though it takes an extra bit of concentration from me. When I came home this time I got to know we have an automatic machine for measurement. Manual ones always got broken due to various handling issues. I had some doubt about its reading but didn't pay much attention due to lack of interest :P Now I know it needs accurate positioning. Thanks for that!
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
He he.. Yes even i wasn't paying much more attention to it.. But my dad told me that I should able to measure it.. So learning it from few days.. and I agree even I am paying lots of concentration during measuring it.. Unlike me my dad is quite quick in it.
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@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
23 Aug 11
Hey here is my dear friend hora
• India
23 Aug 11
sids :) Sorry you couldn't find me. I'm reduced to a hopping one these days ....hmmm Well I just kept talking while the automatic machine checked me. Who knows if it mistook my voice as my heartbeat! That's why I never bothered about the reading... and when I was serious, I was denied the service LOL
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@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
23 Aug 11
Being a doctor I think manual machine is more reliable than an automatic machine and so I never use an automatic machine for recording blood pressures of my patients.
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
ohh.. You are a Doctor.. Then its nice to have response from one doctor about it. Yes even I have heard that manual machines are more accurate.. And also I have seen that mostly all doctor use this kind of manual machines.
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
26 Aug 11
Nope.. But now know. Thanks to you.
@AKRao24 (21618)
• India
23 Aug 11
Hello Dear akp! I have been using automatic/electronic/digital blood pressure measuring machine now for more than 12 years ! I never found any difficulty in recording the readings! Yes, there are certain things regarding which we need to be careful! Change of Batteries as per the specs and also as recommended! Old and worn out batteries may give false reading! Fixing the cuff at appropriate place and tightening it as recommended is very important! Posture also plays a major role! They recommend to wait for some time before taking a second reading to avoid error! In my machine I get 'error' instead of getting any readings if some thing going wrong anywhere! I have tried many a times to compare the readings obtained on this instrument with the manual one and I found no big difference in them! So for me this machine works well and I am happy with it! Thanks !!!!
@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Wow.. Lots of good tips. I am having that kind of machine and I will take care of the points you have mentioned above. In my machine its not stating error when there is some problem(but its a good feature you having it with yours). Yes may be I am not following some of the things you mentioned , So that's why I was getting some changes in the results in compare of manual machine.
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@AKRao24 (21618)
• India
24 Aug 11
Hello Dear Doc! Yes, I recall meeting you at the other site, but I was not sure, if that was you or not! Now you have pleasantly surprised me by confirming that you are the same one! Yes, dear friend here also we can share our ideas and discussion and have some nice and fun time! Thanks !
• United Arab Emirates
23 Aug 11
In terms of accuracy, the manual is more accurate because the automatic one uses batteries. As we know batteries looses its energy in time.
@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Yes.. But what about when it having the charged battery.. Is it gives the accurate data when it having new batteries.. Or you think manual one is more accurate.
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• Pakistan
23 Aug 11
i think it is only good for pulse rate the manual would be better and reliable
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Yes I have heard the same.. I don't know personally as I haven't any good experience of any of one.
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• Philippines
23 Aug 11
Hello akp100, My dad used the manual one. But it was hard for him when no one is around to monitor his blood pressure. And so my brother bought a digital one for him. I guess it was very convenient for my dad and it works well for him. Maybe, you better check whether the machine is functional or not. Perhaps there must me a factory defect even upon the day your dad purchased it. Better yet, you let the company of the shop where you bought it take a look at the machines condition.
@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Well. I don't know whether it is functioning well or not.. As I still don't know many things that should be take care when we measure BP. So may be machine is right.. I guess I should follow some basic rules..he he Yes automatic machine is quite easy in use and less time consuming. And yes by automatic machine we can measure our own BP without help of any other person unlike the manual machine.
@bond027 (107)
• India
23 Aug 11
Blood Pressure machines..I don't have much idea about this but yes it is very important when there is someone old in your home..And when its automatic then it makes it more easy to take care...!! I think automatic is lot more better than the manual...in an case..!
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@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Automatic machines are surely easy to use. And also time saving than the manual one. But i have heard that in Blood pressure machine case the manual machine gives more accurate measurement in compare of the automatic machine... But that's what i heard.. Even I have not much experience.
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@fantabulus (4005)
• India
27 Aug 11
Wooo automatic B.P machines but friend my B.P is normal I not need it hah.... I am joking. I think Manual machine is better than automatic B.P machines.
@akp100 (13390)
• India
28 Aug 11
Ha ha... Well even mine was the normal but just measuring my bp for fun.. Its good that you having your bp normal too... Even I thinks the same that maual machines are more better.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
24 Aug 11
Now everything will be automatic some days after automatic eating machine will also launched hahhah....friend I think manual machine is good than automatic. Ohhh no you blood pressure is different in both the machine lots of different 70 and 90 and 75 to 125 really we cant believe on automatic machine.
@akp100 (13390)
• India
25 Aug 11
Hi.. I am not sure.. As even i am not expert in it. I guess I am still in learning state so it is possible that i have made some mistakes from my side.
@derek_a (10902)
24 Aug 11
I have an automatic BP maching that wraps around my upper arm. I find it to be very accurate, often agreeing with the doctor's test. My doctor told me that I need to remember that my BP can change, sometimes quite quickly, and to take just one reading around the same time. If it looks high, don't panic, but wait and take it again. If it is then normal, it is probably OK but take it the next day again. Then if it is high book an appointment to have it taken at the doctor's if I am worried about it. I need to keep a watch, because I have had a heart attack. I did have a wrist monitor, that wasn't very accurate at all, but this one I got now is OK. _Derek
@akp100 (13390)
• India
24 Aug 11
Yes quite true.. We can't relay on one time measurement. Even I noticed two different measurements on the same time. So for a good and perfect result better we do it daily so that we can get proper average of our Blood Pressure.. Thank you very much for your good response.
• India
24 Aug 11
manual machines gives average value of blood pressure over a period of time where as automatic gives at that particular second. for correct measurement both are useful automatic blood pressure measuring machines are easy to use and can be used in emergency however manual machines for blood pressure measurement have durability and low maintenance which overrides the usage of automatic machines
@akp100 (13390)
• India
24 Aug 11
I agree with it that automatic machines are very easy to use.. And also they are less time consuming than the manual machine.. but then again I am very slow in measuring bp by manual machine.. I have seen many who can measure BP via manual machine very quickly.
• United States
23 Aug 11
I have used both manual and automatic and yes they do both differ, but not by a whole lot of a difference. The automatic ones are preferably used by hospitals here and or health professionals. They do have very sophisticated types here in which most all hospitals do use. They tend to use the automatic ones to save time and do rely on them as accurate readings.
@akp100 (13390)
• India
23 Aug 11
Hi Yes surely automatic machines are very time saving.. But here doctors still using those manual machine , may be they are used to of it.. But yes in big hospitals they have already upgraded them into automatic machines.