Blood Pressure Tester
September 9, 2010 7:23 AM   Subscribe

I've just lost function on my second home blood pressure tester. They last around six months. Are they really that fragile? Checked batteries it's not that.
posted by notned to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
I've been using one with no problems at all for about 10 years. It's so old I can't even find a pic on the internet to show you, but it's still going strong. It's the size of a large hardback book, and the inflatable cuff is in a compartment inside it when not in use. Maybe it would help answer your question if you could be a little more specific about the model / type?
posted by aqsakal at 7:31 AM on September 9, 2010

The only thing I can suggest is whether you keep it in your bathroom, and this room gets a lot of moisture build-up that could short out a circuit card inside of it. I have had one for years and it keeps on working.
posted by Danf at 7:32 AM on September 9, 2010

Nth'd. I inherited a home meter from my mother in law. She bought it in the 90s and other than replacing batteries, it is still as accurate as it ever was. I think mine is an Omron.
posted by beelzbubba at 7:34 AM on September 9, 2010

This doesn't answer your question, but if you're frustrated with the digital models, you could always use the old-fashioned stethoscope and sphygmomanometer setup. I purchased these quite inexpensively on Amazon, and they're very reliable.
posted by jingzuo at 8:28 AM on September 9, 2010

What brand are you buying? I've also had good luck with my Omron cuff.
posted by reren at 9:00 AM on September 9, 2010

I've had an Omron HEM-412C for 9 years. Still works fine
posted by psc1860 at 5:39 PM on September 9, 2010

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