A few years ago, right around the time that our daughter was born, and our son was diagnosed with Autism, my husband and I made the decision that unless absolutely necessary, we would not be utilizing traditional western medicine...this meant a decrease in trips to the Dr., and a decrease in over the counter medicine...especially if there was a better alternative.
So began the start of our home medical kit, similar to a first aid kit, but with more of the necessary instruments to monitor and manage our health. We had a lot of the things we needed, but had not found the right instrument for testing our blood pressure. We looked at digital cuffs, but I wanted something that I had experience with, and didn't take batteries. Now, thanks to SantaMedical and Gurin, we have just what we wanted...an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer (say that 5 times fast!).
I first learned how to use one of these, During my Job Corps training to be a CNA. I like that they are accurate, and don't take batteries, plus they are fairly simple to use.
This Aneroid Sphygmomanometer comes with complete instructions, the only other instrument you need is a stethoscope! It also has a carrying case, which will keep the instrument in good shape.
It is advised to familiarize yourself with the sounds of a pulse, and also on how to master a deflation rate on the cuff, so as to only deflate at a rate of 2-3mmHg per second. This will insure that you are getting an accurate reading.
If you are familiar with your own blood pressure readings, and you get a different reading than normal, please speak with your doctor, as s/he will be able to help you learn to read this instrument correctly.
Once you have mastered the art of monitoring your blood pressure, you are one step closer to taking back control of your health! Please bear in mind however, that these are my own opinions, and there are going to be instances in which relinquishing control of your health and well being, are superior to taking control yourself.
If you are looking for a really good blood pressure monitor, then I suggest getting this Santamedical Aneroid Sphygmomanometer , you can find it on Amazon for $18.95 down from $44.95 (58% savings).
*I received the item in this post complimentary for review purposes. All opinions found within are purely my own*