Wrist BP cuffs

Have a question about wrist BP cuffs. I went to get my eyes checked today. The young girl put a wrist BP cuff on me and told me to place my wrist on the left side of my chest. She new I had a pacemaker and asked me if it would bother it. I didn't think so, but began to try to think if there was anything in it that would. Anyway it didn't take the first time so she took it off and put it back on an had me place it directly over my device. I told her I just didn't feel comfortable holding it directly over it so she just opted not to take it. Which was fine by me. Anyway, wondered if there was any cause for concern, with those cuffs, or just me overcautious. Thanks a lot.


9 Comments

BP Cuffs

by DampDog - 2017-10-26 05:25:43

It is highly unlikely to have any effect on your device, but I think you made the correct choice in not having it done.  Though why she would be asking you to place it directly over your device is beyond me. It's just an indicator that she hasn't got a clue what she's doing. Also the BP wrist cuffs are generally miles off and not worth using anyway.

 

Wrist BP cuffs

by grilor - 2017-10-26 07:42:56

I agree they are not accurate anyway. I was reading how you use them online and they do put them over your chest. The first time she just told me to hold it over my chest. I actually felt a little funny. But I think I just got it in my head that it could bother it and psych'd myself out a bit. It is still new to me as far as knowing. I was thinking maybe it had a magnet or something. Probably just a little anxiety on me. But then she repositioned my arm and it was directly over it. Just couldn't do it. I felt silly about it. But thanks for the reply Dampdog.

 

Wrist cuffs are useless for blood pressure observations.

by Selwyn - 2017-10-26 12:38:08

Having spent years checking  folks BP, with wrist cuffs and with upper arm BP machines at the same time, I can tell you they are a waste of money. The only reason for spending so much time doing this was to convince those that had made a purchase of a wrist sphygnomanometer.

Selwyn

My Omron Intellisense works for me but the one the dentist uses? Not so much

by Gotrhythm - 2017-10-26 15:50:08

Lately, eveny threshold I cross, it seems somebody sticks a wrist BP monitor on me. I'm thinking I need to buy stock becuase somebody is doing a terrific sales job on all the not-MD doctor's offices.

I have an Omron Intellisense wrist monitor which I use at home and have found to be within 5 points of the reading at the doctor's office. It differs in several important respects from the gizmos you might find at the optometrist. First, one size does not fit all, and second, there is a feedback system to insure it is in the right spot, and if it's not, the device will not operate. Third, I have read and am following the directions.

That being said, I have no faith at all in most wrist monitors. However, since you'll probably encounter one again, I can reassure you. The girl's placing the device over your pacemaker was ridiculous but not dangerous. My wrist monitor uses two AAA batteries. I've used it hundreds of times and my pacemaker has suffered no damage of any sort. 

 

Interesting

by Grateful Heart - 2017-10-26 16:33:32

I have never had a BP check by my eye doctor or dentist in all these years.  

Grateful Heart

BP check

by grilor - 2017-10-26 23:56:34

That was a first for me too. Thanks for the comments.

 

B P Check

by Mazie - 2017-10-27 23:59:16

my dental hygienist always takes my BP with a wrist monitor. 

Astonishing !

by IAN MC - 2017-10-28 07:14:11

It must be an American thing letting everyone you meet measure your BP

Do. they understand the readings and what do they do with the info ?

Are window cleaners,  guys in the grocery store and garbage collectors all in on the act as well. Perhaps I am being unreasonable but there is no way that  I would agree to this

Ian

what they do with the info

by grilor - 2017-11-05 10:16:42

Ian, I thought it was odd too. I guess I should've asked. I know some eye drops affect the BP and heart rate. That's the only reason I can think of. 

 

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.