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Accurate Blood Pressure Monitor for Atrial Fibrilation?

Hi,

My partner has persistent AF and wants to monitor her blood pressure. There are quite a few monitors which will DETECT AF but we don't need that! A web search suggests that most digital monitors don't work well with AF

Are there any monitors which claim to give accurate readings in the presence of AF? I looked at a Boots 'Advanced' model today which says that it takes an average of a number of readings. That sounds promising but I don't see any statement claiming accuracy.

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Microlife

"The A200 AFIB is equipped with Microlife’s unique AFIB technology, which makes it possible to detect atrial fibrillation while measuring blood pressure at home. Two out of three atrial fibrillation related strokes can be prevented if they were diagnosed early and treated accordingly. Additionally, the PC link function of this device allows the user to analyse and track health condition by using our free BPA software."

microlife.com/consumer-prod...

£84 here:-

amazon.co.uk/WatchBP-Upper-...

"Screening for AFIB with high accuracy (at 97%~100% sensitivity and 89% specificity) while measuring blood pressure. Easy and convenient to use"

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Thanks Pete,

Do you have continuous Fibrilation and do you find that this machine gives consistent readings?

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My wife does; we have found Microlife equipment works very well and being able to keep running records on the computer very useful.

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Thanks - we'll take a look at it.

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Hi there,

I use the "Microlife WatchBP home BP monitor" which is approved by NICE for monitoring AF. I suggest you go into the NICE website and search for this device and just familiarise yourself with their comments. I believe there other worthy devices available on the market and suggest you check out the Omron products, although I have no experience of them and so can't comment.

My Microlife is great to use and can store up to 250 readings in its memory, at which point then one downloads the data to ones computer and save it there in the normal way. It can then be printed off in hardcopy.

John

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Thanks John. May give this one a try!

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I am replying because I was curious if cardiac ablasion was ever recommended for the atrial fibrillation. I had 2 in the past six months and I am finally free of a-fib and other cardiac arrythmia's of over 50 years.

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Hi,

No. Ablation was not suggested. She did have one attempt at electrical cardioversion but the effects only lasted a week. The consultant basically said medication for 'rate control' was the best bet.

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I had many cardioversion's that did not last. I also took beta blockers at one point to control the heart rate, however they failed, I then took antiarrythmic drugs along with blood thinner, but in the end the electrophysiologist felt the cardiac ablasion was the best as it destroys the electrical pathways that cause the arrythmia's. I suppose it depends on the cause & of course every case is different.

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