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Alternatives to the Omron HEM-780 Monitor

So I got a subscription to Consumer Reports so I could give you all some actual ratings on other good blood pressure monitors. What you're going to see here today is an upgrade to the Omron HEM 780 (which I still use). It seems that mine is no longer available. Rumor has it that it has been discontinued for another model, the Omron BP785 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=homdigbloprem-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004H4B3W4

Whichever model you choose, I highly recommend having a monitor at home if for nothing else but the peace of mind when you've been stressed, or eaten a little crazily. You'll know in an instant if you need to take some extra precautions for a while. While adding extra artery-relaxing foods (you can find a list in How to Lower Blood Pressure Fast) might not sound like much fun, it sure beats a trip to the hospital or worse, don't you think?

This BP785 model  actually has the highest rating over the other models, including other Omron models with a rating of 89 out of 100, with accuracy and convenience scoring excellent ratings, and comfort rating a very good.

The HEM-785 runs on either 4 AA batteries or an AC adapter. Some people are saying the HEM-785 goes thru batteries very fast. My experience with the HEM780 is that I’ve only had to replace the batteries once in 4 years, and when I did, I did not lose the information that was stored in the monitor. For a few weeks there, I was using the monitor every day several times a day while I was in the throes of having just learned about my high blood pressure.

The next Omron monitor that lists in Consumer Reports is the Omron BP742 5 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor,http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=homdigbloprem-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004H4B3VK It runs about $46, and rates an 86 out of 100, with accuracy rating Excellent and Comfort and Convenience rating very good.

It's less expensive, but you need to know the differences that could make a difference for you. One of the most important differences is the size of the cuff, which can make a difference on whether or not you can easily get it on, first of all, and then if the cuff is too small, your blood pressure reading won’t be accurate. 

The BP-742 fits the arm measuring 9 – 13 inches around, while the HEM-785 fits arms from 9 – 17 inches around.

The other differences for the most part are just conveniences that you can overcome, with the exception of the AC adapter not being available for the Omron BP742 5 Series Blood Pressure Monitorhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=homdigbloprem-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004H4B3VK. This one also only holds 60 readings instead of 200, but you can keep a log which would solve that problem if it is a problem for you.

AM/PM averaging can also be figured out on paper, and the missing calibration system on the BP-742 is also solvable by checking the accuracy against the blood pressure reading at your doctor’s office.

So if you’re arm is less than 13 inches around, you’re good to go with the Omron BP742. Amazon reviews actually gives it a about a 4.5 star.

P.S.  One of the BEST foods for controlling high blood pressure is BEETS. You may or may not like beets tho, and they sure can be a pain to fix, right? I’ve found the easiest way to eat beets is this way. 

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