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August 5, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: World's best personal blood pressure monitor


I have written before (on February 2, to be precise) about Panasonic's superb wrist–worn personal blood pressure monitoring devices.

• Accurate (tested in the OR by yours truly against the gold standard — the BP monitor on my anesthesia machine that costs a hundred times more)

• Easy to use

• Convenient

• Fun

• Inexpensive

I feature it here and now because in yesterday's New York Times I noted that J & R Electronics has reduced the price to $38.99. (It was $80 back in February.)

Tell you what: it was cheap at $80.

    From the website:

    • 42–reading memory

    • Large easy–to–read LCD screen

    • Precise Logic™ technology

    • One–touch operation

    • 3 Color LED Indicators

    Digital Filter Precise Logic™ technology accurately detects and isolates only the essential pulse oscillation for precise readings.

    Automatic Memory feature stores 42 of your readings with date and time so you can track readings over a period of time.

    This blood pressure monitor is lightweight and portable for travel, folding down to only 1.4–inches wide

    Includes slim carrying case that lets you take the monitor wherever you go.

    Large LCD display panel shows both blood pressure readings and pulse rate simultaneously.

    Power Source: 2 AAA batteries (included).

    Dimensions (H x W x D): 2" x 2.5" x 1.25".

    Weight: 3.2 ounces.


$38.99 here.

August 5, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Okay, I checked this item out at the local WalMart, which I hate to shop at. On the box it says 'if you have chronic hypertension, do not use this product (wrist cuff)'. So, this being the case, I checked with my internist and he concurred, that an upper arm monitor was more accurate. Plus I work in an OR and I know the monitors you speak of. Do you still recommend this monitor for home use (daily monitoring)?

Posted by: Susan | Aug 25, 2005 11:35:34 PM

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