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Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff | How To Measure and Are They Accurate ? | Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff



Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff | How To Measure and Are They Accurate ? | Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff

Wrist Blood Pressure cuffs are more convenient than the arm cuff, but at a cost. I’ll tell you why, and then give my thoughts on whether they are worth it. For more videos about blood pressure measurement at home, check out this playlist: http://bit.ly/dkbpplaylist

In this video I compare how checking blood pressure with a wrist cuff can differ from that of a traditional upper arm cuff. This is important to blood pressure control, because the wrist blood pressure monitor accuracy is dependent on various factors. This is not a wrist blood pressure monitor review, but I did include a link to our favorite wrist blood pressure cuff below if you are interested!

Resources: Links to our favorite monitors below!

1️⃣ iHealth Smart Wrist Monitor: https://amzn.to/2N9aBIG

1️⃣ Withings BPM Connect: https://amzn.to/32e0CGe

2️⃣ Omron Evolv: https://amzn.to/2NbiAVz

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Many of you have asked me to talk about blood pressure accuracy when it comes to the wrist blood pressure monitor vs arm cuff. The wrist blood pressure is not as accurate, and in this video we will talk about why, and then we will talk about whether they are still worth it.

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  1. thanks for watching! check out the full playlist here: http://bit.ly/dkbpplaylist

  2. im fat with bigger arm, cuff is the only options. its small portable and yes i take reading twice everyday. Omron RS7 Intelli IT

  3. Your patients…? Looks like you live with your parents after doing a 3rd world medical degree

  4. What is it showing E every time

  5. Quick and easy guide. Using both wrist and hand pressure monitors, under same conditions, what difference in readings are we talking about? 5%? 10%? More than 20%? (higher or lower values). Would like to know. Wrists blood pressure looks so easy and confortable to use. Thanks.
    Edit: Found this interesting paper about wrist vs. upper-arm blood pressure reliability, under home (self-made, after training) and doctor's office (supervision): https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.07961

    Some of the findings and discussion made is shown below (reading the original paper is recommened):

    – "According to
    most authorities considering as tolerable a mean difference between 2 measurements up to 5 mmHg when automatic devices are used, subjects showing a home measurement error greater than ±5 mmHg were labeled as bad measurers and subjects with home measurement error within ±5 mmHg as good measurers."

    – "According to the ±5 mmHg cutoff, 100 subjects (13.9%)
    turned out to be good measurers (home measurement error within ±5 mmHg) and 621 (86.1%) to be bad measurers (home measurement error outside the ±5-mm Hg interval); among the latter, 508 (81.8% of the bad measurers and 70.4% of the entire cohort) had higher wrist than upper-arm home BP and 113 had lower wrist than upper-arm home BP (18.2% of the bad measurers and 15.7% of the entire cohort)."

    – "The discrepancy between the upper-arm−wrist BP difference obtained in the 2 settings is probably because of an error
    in home self-measurement despite appropriate training. It is likely that many subjects, when left free to measure their BP at home, did not follow the instructions received during the
    training session because of a deficit in memory or in executive functions, a limitation that persisted after adjustment for age and was not prevented by years of schooling".

    – "Inability to follow the instructions for poor memorization
    and carelessness were likely to affect wrist BP rather than upper-arm BP measurement because of the important effect of an incorrect forearm position on wrist BP."

    – "An upper-arm−wrist difference greater than ±5 or ±10 mmHg
    was reached at home by the majority of the participants, presumably for an improper use of wrist BP monitors. This is alarming as it is estimated that wrist devices for self-measurement have gained 30% to 50% of the market share of the BP measuring devices sold in affluent countries, and most people use them without any preliminary training from healthcare personnel."

    – "At a population level, the use of wrist devices for self BP
    measurement often leads to detection of falsely elevated BP values. This is likely to be because of poor comprehension
    and/or to incorrect application of instructions leading to incorrect position of the arm during self-measurement, a problem that for hydraulic reasons can be magnified by longer forearms. This represents a public health problem because of the overestimation of people with hypertension, with increase in costs for the community and deterioration of quality of life for the patient. A worse cognitive pattern is a key factor in this chain of events. It is thus prudent to discourage the use of wrist devices in patients in whom cognitive deterioration is likely to be present"

    Another link to check: https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/how-accurate-is-the-wrist-style-bp-cuff-folks-tend-to-buy-from-the-chemist-online/

  6. HI AND HELLO MY GOOD FRND CAN U PLZ TELL ME MY GOOD FRND WHICH ONE IS THE BEST RIGHT ACCURATE AND EXACT HEART RATE MONITOR or ANY CHEST HEART RATE STRAP or ANY HEART RATE ARM BAND MONITOR OR ANY WRIST BASED HEART RATE MONITOR BAND RIGHT NOW IN THE MARKET

    IN ALL OF THESE 3 CATEGORIES OF HEART RATE CHEST WRAP OR ANY HEART RATE ARM BAND OR ANY HEART RATE MONITOR WRIST BAND

    TELL ME 1 OR ANY 2 OPTIONS TO ME MY FRND IN OUT OF THESE EACH 3 CATEGORIES MY FRND WHICH I HAVE TOLD U JUST KNOW OK FRND

    IT SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN THE PRICE OF 30 OR MAXIMUM 40 DOLLARS OK FRND

    PLZ TELL ME THE VERY VERY REAL AND THE BEST OK IN MY LOW BUDGET RANGE WHICH IS VERY MUCH EQUALS TO ANY OF THE HIGH PRICE HEART RATE MONITOR BAND WHICH GIVER VERY VERY GOOD AND ACCURATE

    EXACT AND RIGHT EVERY READING ON THERE SCREENS AND THAT LOW BUDGET RANGE HEART RATE MONITOR OR CHEST WRAP SHOULD ALSO HAVE THOSE FUNCTIONALITIES WHICH ANY HIGH PRICE RANGE CHEST WRAP HEART RATE MONITOR HAS HAD

    OK FRND TELL ME THAT TYPE OF ANY 1 OR 2 BEST OK

    ALSO MY FRND PLZ TELL ME IS THERE ANY BEST GOOD GREAT BUDGET LEVEL ENTRY CHEST HEART RATE MONITOR STRAP WHICH CAN GIVE ME RIGHT ACCURATE AND EXACT RESULTS ACCORDING TO MY ALL TYPES OF AEROBIC AND AN NON AEROBIC ACTIVITIES

    AND ANOTHER THING IS ALSO PLZ TELL ME MY FRND THAT IS THERE ANY CHEST HEART RATE MONITOR STRAP WHICH HAS ANY LCD SCREEN IN IT I DON'T MIND IF IT HAS ANY AMBLED OR NON AMBLED OR ANY IPS LCD SCREEN ETC OK FRND BUT IT SHOULD HAVE

    SOMETHING IN IT AS ANY SCREEN TYPE OF THING FROM WHICH I CAN SEE MY LIVE THINGS EVERYTHING ON IT I MEAN I WANT ANY HEART RATE CHEST MONITOR WHICH SHOULD HAVE SCREEN IN IT INCLUDED ALSO LIKE ANY FITNESS TRACKER BAND OR SMART WATCH OK FRND

    SO I CAN SEE MY WHOLE DATA IN IT AT THE TIME OF MY WORKOUTS AND EXERCISES OK

  7. Arm most definitely not a debate

  8. what is the average sys and dia?

  9. Can we put wrist bp monitor at arm and check?

  10. So if a wrist monitor shows normal pressure it should be below normal?

  11. Excellent video, just subscribed. Your channel will be very helpful as I progress through the medical field.

  12. What if on my wrist monitor is always lower and my arm cuff is always higher?

  13. Thank you Doc. I found an answer in this video

  14. The video was very vague. You did say that they are inaccurate. But we don't know the degree of inaccuracy. If the difference is of 1-4 points, it it totally worth it. If there difference is of the magnitude of 10-20+, it would be better to steer away of the cuff BP monitors.
    I would like a side by side comparison of arm vs cuff BP.

  15. Hi would you recommend Omron blood pressure watch? I would like to know if it's worth investing in one and if it accurately monitors the blood pressure? Thank you!

  16. My arms are really skinny so the arm ones don’t always feet me well

  17. I have drkea bp moniter but it never stays on one reading plus I have hard time knowing if it’s the right reading I do have bp problems and try to stay as well as I can I have fatigue in my arms really bad and wondering if this due to high blood pressure I’m going talk to my doctor Monday about it but there’s one problem I never met new doctor yet and I wonder will I be able to meet him over video call due to corona because they won’t let anyone in the hospitals

  18. I find arm cuffs INCREDIBLY painful, so much so that I have broken capillaries on the surface of my skin after using a cuff. A wrist cuff is the only way I will check my BP at home.

  19. I've never had BP issues. Went to the dentist, they used a wrist monitor and I got 149/102. After this reading, I decided to buy my own wrist monitor so I can monitor myself. The reading stayed high especially on the diastolic side (>94 and < 110) systolic was mostly around 130. I scheduled a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks to check on this issue. Hoping the wrist monitor is causing wrong readings.

  20. Thanks for the video content! Apologies for butting in, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard about – Parlandealey Heart Durability Process (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a smashing one of a kind guide for learning how to balance your cholesterol and reduce blood pressure without the hard work. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my BF after a lifetime of fighting got great results with it.

  21. So glad I found this. Terrible readings at the Dentist from one of these things yesterday. (I am NOT noted for having high blood pressure at all.) Also, the way they take ones temperature with a device held at the forehead? NOT ACCURATE AT ALL. Just because it is the newest, hardly makes it any good. Best to stick to the old fashioned basic way that ALWAYS DID WORK. Throw these electronic pieces of garbage out. You want FACTS…………not FICTION when it comes to your vitals. What is wrong with the Physicians……….or, are they being "told" to use these?

  22. THE REASON more than not is high blood pressure means you body is trying to get blood to parts of your body that for some reason is not getting blood ,so before you take blood pressure reducing meds and destroy your body you might look into the heath of you body and through diet fix it with what are called supper foods ,not whole foods ,supper foods do wonders and will heal your body instead of putting it to sleep

  23. Exactly what I wanted to know! Thanks! 😉👍

  24. Dr. Kenny, I just got my wrist bp monitor. I have had some pretty severe edema, so my doctor wanted to know my bp regularly, even in telemedicine. I was watching videos and came across yours. Very interesting. I paid attention to your comment about the height of my wrist and although it never occurred to me before, I thought "pillows on my lap." I put pillows on my lap and just lay my hand on the pillows. Is that ok?

  25. I usually check my BP at my local Sam's Club sit-down machine. Since Covid-19, they made the machine unavailable. So, I need a devise. I think the wrist devise should work great for me. My desk is tall and at the right level, so it should work just fine. Thanks!

  26. I'm a chef and need to monitor my BP and HR. It's very hard for me to do this when I'm extremely busy during our rushes. I've looked in to the smart watches that monitor the above. Any suggestions

  27. What if you strad it round your bicep somehow?
    Yes I know wrists are more narrow, but I come from the Blue Peter era….. Bit of velcro, duck tape…. You know the score!

  28. The wrist cuff I have I feel isnt accurate. My doc told me to check either first thing when I wake up or when I am settling in bed for the night. I have the problem of knowing if my arm is at the heart level.

  29. I think the difference is 3-6 points sys. Thats accurate enough for me.

  30. Two MD's that treat me use wrist cuffs. The reading are typically 10-15 points lower than the traditional arm cuff and stethoscope method.

  31. I've read that wrist cuffs are more accurate for the morbidly obese. Personally I find wrist cuffs to be much easier to use alone.

  32. Mike and Matty can you get your hands on the Omron Heartguide bp watch? Would love to see how accurate that is. Heard the FDA cleared it as a medical device

  33. I, mysεlf pεrsοnαlly cαn tεstify tο thε εffεctivεnεss οf this "Sοyutο Weebly" (Gοοɢιε it) plαn οf αctiοn.α numbεr οf οthεr prοducts I`vε triεd οnly lοwεrεd thε blοοd prεssυrε fοr thε mεαntimε. Thεrε’s nοnε οthεr mεdicαtiοn tο chοοsε frοm thαt fulfill whαt it sαys. I just nεεd α shοrt pεriοd οf timε, my blοοd prεssυrε lεvεl hαd gοnε right dοwn tο 145/90 αnd tαkεn cαrε οf it fοr α shοrt timε.

  34. Hey, just found your channel. From medical provider to medical provider, awesome content. Keep it up!

  35. Hey ur very handsome Dr.
    ty for the video.
    I’ve developed very scary vertigo
    Recently. Can vertigo be attributed
    To high BP? I don’t hv hypertension normally. My father was a New York City surgeon 👨‍⚕️

  36. Im glad i search first what is good to use. Now i know what to buy. Thank you so much for your video..big help👍.

  37. Thanks for the info but you didn't describe how to use the wrist blood pressure device accurately

  38. I see a fda approved wrist watch. Not sure how big it is for my wrist, but looks interesting, but expensive. However, there are many other smartwatches that offer similar but not fda approved. Im looking to see just how accurate and consistent these compare to the heartguide smartwatch. I cant find any comparison. If i could buy a cheaper version that fits perfect, long battery, monitors all day and sleep with as accurate as possible, i would consider that. 🤔

  39. My wrist cuff sometimes reads abnormal arrhythmia but I wore a Holter monitor two months ago and no abnormal arrhythmias were detected. Is that something else that they can be off on you.

  40. Do a video for beginners for using a manual blood pressure how to use to read it please 💪🏽✔️

  41. "in 2019, this list helped me decide for the best blood pressure monitor scafe.shop/tbbpm2019?cK hope it helps you out too!"

  42. I'M VERY ANGRY AND EMBARRASSED. Just got back from my Doctor he measured Systolic=160 and Diastolic=95 I asked ebay for my money back.
    Here is the supplier: Automatic Digital Wrist Cuff Blood Pressure Monitor Heart Beat Rate Pulse Meter https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Automatic-Digital-Wrist-Cuff-Blood-Pressure-Monitor-Heart-Beat-Rate-Pulse-Meter/223624152009?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

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