There are many at-home tests on the market, all promising consumers a fast, convenient and-for the most part-cheap way to monitor a preexisting condition or provide a diagnosis for a new one. But not all of these tests are created equal, and many MDs caution against playing doctor at home. "Many times the results are straightforward, but more often than not there are hidden clues that doctors rely on to make a diagnosis," says Victor Perkel, MD, an endocrinologist at Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California. "Evaluation involves a good history and an examination with labs providing confirmation of the suspected diagnosis." Below are a few of the most common at-home tests, along with expert opinions on whether you should add them to your shopping cart or save your money.
The Condition: High Blood Pressure
The Test: Omron Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Large Cuff ($49.99, at drugstores and OmronWebstore.com)
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