Alvita Advanced Blood Pressure Arm Monitor is a clinically validated, upper arm type of blood pressure monitor, with a number of advanced features. It has automatic inflation, jumbo screen and date and time function. The monitor is highly intelligent and detects movement, hypertension and an irregular heartbeat.
The monitor is easy to use and features 120 memories for two users and it also has guest mode. The inclusive blood pressure record book is handy for recording your readings and properly keeping track of your blood pressure.
This monitor is suitable for most people and the universal cuff fits arm circumference 24-40cm (9.4”-15.7”)
Before starting, relax your arm as much as possible. With your palms facing upwards, undo the velcro and slip the cuff up onto your arm until it is level with your heart. Ensure the intake-tube is parallel to the artery position and securely fasten the velcro. If the cuff is fitted properly, there should be sufficient space between the arm and the cuff to insert a finger.
Keep both the cuff and heart at the same level and push and hold the start button to begin measuring. The cuff will then quickly begin to tighten and then slowly release the air again. This process will take approximately 40 seconds and then the monitor will display your blood pressure reading as well as your heart rate.
You should not measure your blood pressure after eating or smoking and you should remove any tight-fitting garments before you start. Always measure on the same arm and always compare measurements taken at the same time of day.
Take care to read the user manual before commencing, as there are a number of warnings and procedure tips that you should ensure you read before starting. This user manual is also helpful if you encounter any problems with your monitor.
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (usually referred to as mmHg) and the reading is made up of two different measurements.
The top number is the systolic pressure and this refers to the pressure when your heart pushes blood out. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure and this refers to the pressure when your heart rests between beats.
Once you have completed your blood pressure reading, you can work out whether this is high, normal or low.
Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower.
Normal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.
High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher.
Being able to accurately measure your blood pressure is important because unhealthy levels (be it high or low blood pressure) can cause a number of health problems.
Low blood pressure usually causes immediate symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue. Although it’s a serious condition, it’s usually not one of its own right and is typically an indicator of any underlying health condition.
High blood pressure, on the other hand, does not normally produce any symptoms. Most people live for long periods of time with high blood pressure without realising it, but it’s important to get this checked, monitored and treated because high blood pressure increases your risk of long-term, serious ailments like heart attack and stroke.
It’s particularly important to monitor your blood pressure if you are taking medications to regulate your blood pressure, or if you are taking medications that could potentially increase or decrease it.
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