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Posted on: Sep 1, 2021 01:12PM

Olma61 wrote:

hey there if anyone in the community has any suggestions for home BP monitors that actually work, I’ll be forever grateful

I’ve resorted to using a plain old manual one after trying several electronic monitors including a supposed “really good” not inexpensive Omron model and getting questionable results

I don’t mind continuing with the manual cuff but the electronic ones are a bit easier - but only if they’re accurate!

Thanks in advanc

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone
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Sep 1, 2021 01:32PM wrenn wrote:

I'm not sure what you mean by "electronic". I have used Omron and calibrated it with Dr. office and it was accurate. When I needed one with a larger cuff I got a Lifesource one that is also accurate.

The only ones I find unreliable are the wrist monitors.

Can you give examples of what you mean bymanual and electronic?

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Sep 1, 2021 01:51PM - edited Sep 1, 2021 01:52PM by Olma61

manual - the old fashioned kind that you have to pump with one hand to inflate the cuff. Usually has clock face type dial instead of an LED read out. I think the correct term is sphygmomanometer

Yes the wrist ones are terrible -but after a couple of months the other ones started giving me ridiculously low readings which I would like to believe were accurate but didn't match the sphygmomanometer readings nor what I would get at my medical appts

I know Omron will also calibrate them if you send them the machine. I no longer have my receipt for the last one I purchased. And I just gave up and went with the sphygmomanometer.

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone
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Sep 1, 2021 01:53PM LivinLife wrote:

I use a "Reli On" brand.... upper arm vs. wrist.... It is a good idea to calibrate with your doc's office as wrenn suggested. I have had this one for years and it is really consistent for me so I go more by that. My cardiologist, many years ago, recommended taking the b.p. at different times of the day. I do this and mark work vs. non-work days too b/c my b.p. is higher on work days. I now just monitor a few times every other week bc my b.p. is pretty consistent. Initially I took it many times per week. I still write these down and a take a copy into selected docs when I meet with them. I keep my numbers on a thumb drive.

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Sep 1, 2021 01:58PM wrenn wrote:

ohhhhh those. 🤭 I guess i think of mine as manual since i forgot about the old types. Or i blocked it out since they seem too awkward to manage.

I struggle now getting mine on right arm being right handed since my left is unavailable due to lymph node removal

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Sep 1, 2021 03:08PM ceanna wrote:

I've had an Omron for years and it works well. It is close to BP at doctor's office but, like at home and in the office, my BP varies depending on activity before taking, health status, etc. A person's BP is seldom identical from time to time but needs to stay in a good "range." In once asking a nurse about my home monitor, she advised that I not tighten the cuff too tight or loose, but comfortably firm around arm before hitting the start button. Also, if cuff is too tight to fit a larger upper arm, you can put cuff on largest part of forearm, again not to tight/loose. The wrist or finger, or smartwatch type of BP readings should not be relied on.

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Sep 1, 2021 04:04PM Olma61 wrote:

Thanks ladies

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone
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Sep 2, 2021 01:30PM Sunshine99 wrote:

Olma, I use an Omron model, too. I've "calibrated' it at the doc's office a few times. When I get my BP taken at the MO's office, it's often high (because I just walked up the stairs, just sat down, just got weighed, etc.) so I will usually ask them to take it again after a minute or so. By then, it's come down to a normal level.

I'm sure you know to not cross your legs, don't talk and try to have your arm level with the monitor.

I tracked my BP on a spreadsheet for a while, but haven't had the need lately.

Good luck :)

Carol

Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Sep 9, 2021 12:58PM wallycat wrote:

I also have an omron. My bp is through the roof at a doc's setting so they had me keep a diary for 2 weeks at various times of the day. Of course, now I'm stressing to take it at home...no idea why I'm messed up about blood pressure...in any event (this has been recent, in the last 2 weeks) my new doc said I am surprisingly in the normal range at home, so we'll keep an eye on it. I use an Omron cuff and she said that was great.

I have noticed my bp running higher post covid-vaccine and not sure if it is related or not. It's been 4 months since my second dose. Used to run 110/68-70s and now is in the 120-130s/70-80s. Sometimes a tad higher than that when I freak myself out, LOL.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Sep 9, 2021 03:16PM Sunshine99 wrote:

wallycat, I was tracking my BP for a while, too. I would make a note of what I was doing at the time, i.e., "Yelling at the dog for barking at the gardener", or "Sitting at my computer, doing deep breathing exercises". I think one time I even wrote, "On hold with the DMV for the past 40 minutes".

Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Sep 9, 2021 10:25PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

Olma - the upper arm Omron has worked well for me. The time of day, activity, food, drugs. position can all affect reading so it is important to be consistent and keep a log. You might want to take first thing in AM, then sometime later in day, and note the time when taken. If it is very different than when at the DR you might want to take it with you to next appointment and do them together. My BP has gone up slightly according to my reading, and I think it is the Exemestane/Everolimus.

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Sep 10, 2021 11:57AM Olma61 wrote:

Thanks so much for all these suggestions and input. Will start shopping around for my new monitor and bring it to my next cardiologist appt to see how well it syncs up. My readings at the cancer center have been good lately so now is a good time to break in a new BP monitor I suppose.

I used to use the Omron app on my phone that records the readings from the monitor with Bluetooth. That was when I first started cancer treatment and my onc was concerned whether or not my BP was under control between appts. Now I just like to do it once or week or so to make sure.,.although the cardiologist would like me to do it more often.

I do wear a Fitbit and that records heart rate, which is sort of an indicator of blood pressure I think ? - when mine became high on Losartan and I had to change meds, it did show up in my resting heart rate too.

Thanks again ladies : ).

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone

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