With the rising incidence of blood pressure problems, the demand for blood pressure monitors is increasing day by day. For any abnormal pressure level, either low or high, it is a mandatory procedure to check the blood pressure regularly. Doing so helps in determining the health status of an individual, which is essential to prevent severe health complications associated with hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypotension (low blood pressure).
Considering the hectic lifestyle that we are leading today, it is not always convenient to go to a clinic or hospital just for BP check-ups. Fortunately, there are devices that are designed for self-monitoring at home, of which the latest technology is the finger blood pressure monitor or simply finger monitor. It is more or less similar to the arm device or wrist device, which is operated by wrapping a cuff around the arm or wrist portion respectively. Let's take a look at this BP machine, and its pros and cons.
Blood Pressure Monitor: Finger Device
A finger monitor is a digital device that consists of an electronic monitor, and a blood pressure sensor. It is operated by using batteries. For measuring blood pressure by using this device, one needs to place the index finger in the finger compartment of finger cuff (as per the model), and press the button. Automatically, the cuff inflates and within seconds, the blood pressure reading is shown on the screen.
Finger monitors are small and portable; they are convenient for being carried anywhere, even at workplaces. Hence, these are ideal devices for those who are recommended regular BP monitoring. While buying it, there are certain features that should be checked properly to obtain accurate results. To mention a few, accuracy of the device, correct cuff size (too loose or too tight cuff will give false reading), clear and readable numbers are some of them.
Pros and Cons of the Device
Many people are opting for these devices for use at home. The popularity of this device is mainly due to its easy usage and small size. In addition, it is light-weighted and mercury free. Finger monitor is the best device for measuring blood pressure of children. With such an instrument, children remain calm during diagnosis and treatment procedures. Furthermore, you can keep a track by checking your BP often, which in turn helps your doctor and you to get it in control. At home you are at ease, so you would not get high readings that would otherwise happen in a hospital environment. This device is comfortable to wear, easy to use, and pocket-friendly as well.
Speaking of the disadvantages, there are chances of microbial contamination inside the finger compartment; since these devices cannot be washed, chances are that bacterial, viral, or fungal growth can take place. To minimize this risk, users should always wash their fingers before using this device. Another drawback is that the blood pressure readings may fluctuate depending upon the temperature and finger positioning. Hence, the pressure reading may not be accurate for those who have thin and cold fingers. A solution to this is to measure blood pressure several times, and calculate the average value.
On a concluding note, these devices are beneficial for measurement of blood pressure regularly at home, rather than not monitoring blood pressure at all.