Top positive review
Excellent Equipment and can become even better with some adjustments.
8 September 2014
Excellent product. Certainly value for the money. Pressure-meter is accurate. Stethoscope is pretty good. You may however need some tweaking to get the best results. Pressure meter may arrive with some zero error ( meaning it does not read zero when cuff is totally deflated ). Mine arrived with a zero error of 6mmHg. This can be easily adjusted ( not mentioned in user's manual ). Remove the rubber tube from the nozzle of the meter. Loosen the nut holding the nozzle ( nut has two small dents in which you can insert two tips of a nose-pliers and turn the nut ) and then just turn the nozzle anticlockwise to get the pointer to zero. Tighten the nut again.
The stethoscope must have the ear plugs entering at an angle to match the angle of ear canals. However the stethoscope is shipped with ear tubes directly pointing at each other ( perhaps to pack it flat for shipping ). You can easily turn the ear tubes through about 30 degrees in their holding clamp so that when you put them in your ears, they enter exactly in direction of your ear canals. Remember when you put on the stethoscope the ear tubes should not enter the ears at right angle but should have been turned at an angle of about 30 degrees pointing towards your nose. It will give you more comfortable fit and very good noise isolation.
Using stethoscope may require some practice. Try hearing to your heart beats. Try listening to grumbling in your tummy. Just have fun and get used to using it. For blood pressure measurements the point where you need to put the stethoscope cup is almost at the center of your elbow crease. The systolic thumping ( the beats you hear when the blood starts flowing when you bring down the pressure ) is more difficult to hear as it starts with a very faint murmur. The diastolic point is much easier to detect as thumping become quite loud by then and point at which it disappears is quite obvious. Using this needs some practice to get used to.
A marvelous equipment and a lot more accurate than digital one. The problem with the digital ones is not its pressure sensor - that is pretty accurate. It does not use stethoscope to decide when the blood starts flowing in pulses at systolic and when it goes into total laminar flow at diastolic which is a direct and therefore very accurate method. It uses the indirect method of detecting the minor pressure ripples riding over the main pressure to detect the systolic and diastolic points. This method is prone to errors.
Use this equipment - it is more accurate and never gives a wrong reading and boy! Is it elegant! You can really impress people around when you use this. I am happy with this. Now I wonder why I ever bought the digital one.