released by an electrically operated pump and valve. Oscillometric monitors often vary widely inaccuracy, and should be checked at specified intervals and if necessary recalibrated. There arecertain restrictions when, oscillometric monitors do not give correct readings, like in certainmedical conditions such as arterial sclerosis, arrhythmia and also some others. Certain advantage of taking blood pressure readings at home or work with a home blood pressuremonitoring device is to help avoid false readings from the so called white coat hypertension effect(when readings taken in ambulatory settings tend to be higher then those taken at home for somepeople). As increasingly more people are measuring their own blood pressure at home, there ismore interest to know what devices are recommended. There is a wide range of blood pressuremeters available to the public with plenty of good choices along with some not so good ones. It isthus important to do at least a minimal research to be able to make an informed purchase, whichshould serve well your health. When choosing a blood pressure monitor you need to considerseveral factors before you make a purchase decision. First of all you will need to decide on anAneroid Blood Pressure Monitor versus a Digital Blood Pressure Monitor. The aneroid monitorshave a round, glass covered dial that gives you the reading (it replaces the mercury manometer inprofessional clinical monitors), and they usually have manually pumped cuffs and areaccompanied by a stethoscope. As such they require some skills in taking blood pressure - whichin fact can be quickly and easily learnt. The digital monitors have either manually or automaticpumped cuffs and come with a built in LCD screen that shows the reading. Recently many popularmodels allow for wrist or even finger readings. The digital blood pressure monitors are the easiestto use. The other important factors that you may need to consider when choosing a bloodpressure monitor are the cuff sizes. Some monitors come with large and small cuffs. It is essentialthat the correct size of cuff for the circumference of the patient's arm is used. If the cuff is toosmall, the blood pressure readings are too high and with an over-large cuff blood pressure readingare too low. In practice, cuffs must be clearly marked with the appropriate maximum and minimumarm sizes to which they apply. As the accuracy might be the most important factor you need torealize that some "cool" looking finger cuff or watch based units may frequently not be as accurateas arm units for some people. The same may also concern certain wrist models. Moreover, asystematic error can occur due to differences in the position of the wrist relative to the heart. Theother blood pressure monitor features are more of your personal preference nature and mayinclude: - Automatic inflation with fuzzy logic - usually automatically adjusts to changes in your bloodpressure and allows simple, one button operation. - Memory features - some digital models have memory features build in and allow to store certainnumbers of readings in the device internal memory. - Display size - some oversized displays are easier to read and they may show other unit featuresas clock, date, memory stored data, etc. - Power supply - there are models that may include AC adapter for home use convenience. - PC connection - some newest model come with software and cables to connect to personalcomputers, what gives the ability of better data storage and usually of much better graphicalrepresentation and analysis of long term measurements. Additionally, they allow for easy printingout of the long term reading takings to present them to your doctor.