use on right or left arm

I have a fistula in my left arm and therefore can only take BP on my right arm. A unit I recently bought gives confusing directions on how to use it on my right arm. No matter what I try, the readings are consistently higher than those in my regularly scheduled clinic visits. Is a manual available on line?

Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

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  • Best Answer:

    I use mine on my right arm, too, since I suffer post stroke pain in my left arm.

    The consistent high readings will be due to either different calibrations on the machines, or due to a consistent difference in the way you make the measurement. Various things like seating position can make a difference.

    However, the objective for most people is just to reduce blood pressure as far as possible within reason. Although there are published guidelines, suggesting that "above 130/85" is mildly hypertensive, there's nothing magical about that figure.

    If you can take account of the consistent difference, and focus on getting the pressure readings down over time, then it doesn't really matter if they're consistently higher with one machine rather than another. If the difference fluctuated wildly, then you might suspect that one machine wasn't working, but if the difference is consistent, then you can take that into account.

  • To compare readings with those taken at your physician's office, you should bring your device in with you and take a reading about 1 minute apart from the clinician's. The cuff height should be at heart level for both readings. Blood pressure readings tend to be higher in the clinical setting, usually due to anxiety (strange, in your situation!).

    Empty your bladder before taking a reading. Avoid caffeine. Relax!