Philips Blood Pressure Arm Cuff 

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The chances are when you visit your doctor one of the tasks completed is to roll up your sleeve so he/she can check your blood pressure. If the wait to see your doctor was a long one then the chances are that the reading will be high.

Philips Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
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This unit is a little different from most other devices, it is battery controlled and for you it can store the results via Bluetooth in a Philips Health App.

The units battery is charged via a mains adapter supplied. The unusual bit is that the display is integral to the unit so all 303grams sits on your upper arm.

It has just two buttons below the 10.5x2cm display, these are User (it can support two users) and on/start/off.

It even works over a couple of layers of clothing but if you try this check to see if the readings are different on bare skin in my case I could happily wear a shirt without affecting the readings.

As most will know your blood pressure is made up of two elements Systolic and Diastolic so something close to 120 over 80 would be ideal and to be honest if that is your regular reading then you will probably not be in the market for a monitor.

This unit inflates and squeezes the arm slightly while reaching a level, at the same time it is monitoring your pulse then it releases the pressure and displays three figures one below the other the two elements of blood pressure and your pulse.

The cuff itself is 22-42cm and is of good quality, unlike some others I have tested. Because of the amount of adjustment that allows the fitment other clothes. The Velcro band should grip although very tight fitment is not essential.

The inside of the cuff has a diagram to show where the unit should sit on the inside of the arm just above the elbow with the arm resting level on a table. Ideally you should relax while the pressure is being taken.

The 22cm minimum for the cuff might make it a problem to measure a young child’s pressure.  

There is a large sheet that forms the instruction guide but once you have taken your blood pressure a few times this is unlikely to be required. However if an unusual icon appears on the units display they are all displayed – with explanation – in the user guide.

A pet hate of mine is boxes that need to be destroyed to get contents out and I am pleased to say this is certainly not the story here so the box is the place for the folded sheet of instruction guide as well as the power adapter to charge the battery and even the blood pressure monitor itself.

This is an easy to use and read blood pressure monitor designed to fit all adult arms either on the bare arm or even over a couple of layers of thin clothing it should be fine.

The Philips DL8760is available from Amazon for £69.99 with free delivery.

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