exact same thing happened to me. i have an Omron--highly rated in Consumer Reports. I calebrated it with Dr office as it was reading high. My Dr didn't have much use for them. Yet another Internist suggested getting one. When i was getting some lab work done stepped into the E r and asked if some one would check. They used a digital monitor. so digital for me is more accurate. Some swear by the cuff and stethiscope but then you have to have some one else learn to use it and not for hard of hearing.
I sent the Omron back and they returned it saying checked out. They said you have to be seated, feet flat on floor, and no activity a few minutes before taking. The arrow as to be pricisely lined up over the artery.
Been O k since then, I take it into Walgreens occasionally and calibrate it with the pharmacist'sView Thread
He should be ordering a M R A for your kidneys to check for arterial blockage (renal hypertension) . running tests on creatinine and renin levels. testing for hyper adrenalism, adrenal cancer, hyperaldosteronismView Thread
while in Fl i experienced a partial black out. Went to E R . Everything tested out O K but B P 160/100. Got under the care of internist who put me on meds ( wish he had spent more time trying to find out cause of the near syncopy instead of throwing pill after pill at me) Any way he suggested a B P meter so i bought an Omron and started to record readings. I checked it in his office and was very close. Getting tired of him adding more types of meds went to a Cardio. Who said i was lucky not to be flat on my face and took me off all pills except one. Asked cardio about the Omron and he turned up his nose.
Came home and asked my Dr what he thought of these meters and he said only good for those that don't need them I.e people with good strong pulses that it can detect. Old people like me he said to get a cuff and stethescope and have my wife learn to take it. I took my meter to his office and it was 20 points higher than the cuff reading. Have sent the meter back to the factory.
Any experience one way or another. I don't like the cuff as there is a +/- 5 point reading errorView Thread