If there is one device that I think most older people should have at home, it’s a home blood pressure monitor. So a few years ago, I wrote an article for the Geriatrics for Caregivers blog with tips on choosing and using a home BP monitor.
At the time, I didn’t recommend a specific device because I hadn’t tried any. But recently I decided it would be much better if I could suggest a specific device to patients and families.
So I looked on Amazon and looked for a home BP monitor that could meet my specifications:
- Measures BP at the arm
- Easy to store, review, and share BP readings, which means some type of wireless data transmission capability
- Smartphone/tablet not mandatory to use the device
When I wrote a blog post in April 2014 about my specifications, Omron did not seem to offer a device with wireless data transmission.
But earlier this year I noticed a Bluetooth-enabled Omron monitor on Amazon. So I bought an Omron 786N earlier this summer and have been trying it out.
Pros & Cons of the Omron 786N Home Blood Pressure Monitor with Bluetooth
Here are my thoughts so far: [Read more…]