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What is the Difference Between Aneroid and Digital Blood Pressure Monitors?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

Home blood pressure monitors are convenient devices that help patients and their healthcare providers keep better track of fluctuations in blood pressure. Accurate records can help a medical professional determine which times of day, which foods, and which activities make a patient most vulnerable to rises in blood pressure, and this in turn can be relevant to what type and how much medicine to prescribe as well as if certain foods or activities should be limited. Either an aneroid or a digital device can be used conveniently at home by most patients. The main difference between the two is their ease of use: digital models usually self-inflate and provide a clear read out, while aneroid models must be operated manually.

Digital blood pressure monitors are perhaps the simplest variety to use. This type is especially convenient for anyone who is not used to testing his or her own blood pressure. Most come with self-inflating cuffs that operate automatically once the cuff has been secured and the device has been powered on. This feature, as well as the digital readout, helps the patient get a more accurate pressure reading. Many digital monitors also include a paper printout to provide a hardcopy record.

A stethoscope is required with an aneroid blood pressure monitor.
A stethoscope is required with an aneroid blood pressure monitor.

Aneroid blood pressure monitors are the "standard" ball and gauge type, much like the one many people see in their doctor's office. Taking the blood pressure with this device requires a stethoscope, and the cuff must be inflated manually. It is best for patients to have a healthcare provider instruct them in how to use this type of monitor to ensure accurate readings.

Aneroid blood pressure monitors have a gauge and ball that is squeezed.
Aneroid blood pressure monitors have a gauge and ball that is squeezed.

It is also important for patients to have the monitor tested for accuracy before it is used and at least once each year thereafter. Patients may want to look up different models online and read reviews to find out which ones are the best value, or they can ask a healthcare professional to recommend a reasonably priced, easy to use monitor.

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anon12935

tell me about the aneroid type blood pressure measurement. how we can measure?

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    • A stethoscope is required with an aneroid blood pressure monitor.
      By: leelaryonkul
      A stethoscope is required with an aneroid blood pressure monitor.
    • Aneroid blood pressure monitors have a gauge and ball that is squeezed.
      By: Helder Almeida
      Aneroid blood pressure monitors have a gauge and ball that is squeezed.
    • Training is usually needed to be able to read an aneroid monitor.
      By: Hunor Kristo
      Training is usually needed to be able to read an aneroid monitor.
    • Digital blood pressure monitors require no special knowledge to operate.
      By: dambuster
      Digital blood pressure monitors require no special knowledge to operate.
    • Many doctors rely on aneroid blood pressure monitors.
      By: Monkey Business
      Many doctors rely on aneroid blood pressure monitors.
    • Doctors use digital blood pressure monitors more frequently than aneroid monitors because the digital readout helps their patients get a more accurate pressure reading.
      By: Syda Productions
      Doctors use digital blood pressure monitors more frequently than aneroid monitors because the digital readout helps their patients get a more accurate pressure reading.