About 6 months ago, I received an email about doing a review of an Omron Blood Pressure monitor, and I agreed to use the product and write a review on it. Full disclosure here.
Like many of the products that I have been sent, it took me a while to get to (I am doing a weekly product review now, so time has freed up a bit). The day that I finally decided to open it, was out of necessity than anything else.
The night before, I was laying in bed, and I just felt off. I felt like my heart was racing and pumping a lot hearder than what it normally is and something just felt off. So, the next day I said, “Oh yea, I have a blood pressure monitor, let’s check the blood pressure” and bam, there was my problem. My blood pressure was about 146/97. Whoa.
First thing I did was email my doctor (yes, email because she responds back pretty quickly). She told me to check it again in a couple of hours and if it didn’t come down then she wanted me to come in to the office.
Well, by the end of the day, I was started on blood pressure medication. Started on Lisinopril, but have since changed to Lossarten.
So, with that back story , I can now get to the review of the product, because it really did help me a lot because without it, I probably wouldn’t have cheked my blood presure anywhere else or called a doctor, I would have just waited until the next appointment.
The exact model of the monitor is the Omron BP786 Blood Pressure Monitor
The set up of the blood pressure monitor was pretty easy to do with the instructions included. It basically came with two main parts, the monitor and the arm band sensor. Setting the monitor up was also pretty easy. The arm piece connects to the actual monitor itself on the side.
Once the monitor is plugged in (also can use 4 AA batteries) and turned on the arm cuff will begin to tighten on you. This process lasts for approximately 30-60 seconds. Once it releases, the screen shows a countdown for 60 seconds which is when the next reading is going to begin. The monitor takes 3 separate readings in order to provide the most accurate results.
After the 3rd reading, the monitor display will show you the SYS / DIA (mmHg) as well as your Pulse/min.
There are arrows that also allow you to backtrack and take a look at your previous testing results. This was helpful for me because sometimes I would forgoet to record ythe blood pressure results the previous time (sort of like my lack of BG logging).
This particular model also comes with a second person option. Meaning you can flip the switch on the bottom of the monitor to track results for a second person so that your data stays yours, and their data stays theirs.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this blood pressure monitor and would definitely recommend it to others. I have seen this monitor in Walmart and Target before, but I’ve also included a link to Amazon.