By Andrew Liszewski
Just because it turns out you don’t have high blood pressure doesn’t necessarily mean that everything’s A-OK with your ticker. So this home blood pressure monitor does you an extra medical solid by also checking for a heart arrhythmia while it’s taking measurements. It uses the “oscillometric method” whereby it takes three consecutive pressure readings and then averages the results, and if it detects that your heart beat is 25% slower or faster than that average, an arrhythmia warning icon lights up on the LCD display. (Personally I’d prefer something a little less subtle.)
And in addition to that large LCD display with its oversized digits, the monitor will also store up to 30 time-and-date stamped measurements for up to 4 different users so you can keep an eye out for improvements or problems developing over time. $129.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.