Issue: 2003 > October > review

Home blood pressure measurement with oscillometric upper-arm devices

R.L. Braam, Th. Thien


The market for automated blood pressure measuring
devices is growing rapidly. Many patients want to buy a
device for blood pressure measurement at home and ask
their physician for advice about which one to choose. In
this article an overview is given of the different devices
available for blood pressure measurement and possible
pitfalls in the interpretation of measurements taken at
home are pointed out. A second article will specifically
address those devices that are used to take blood pressure measurements at the wrist.