Trade that blood pressure cuff for a self-monitoring blood pressure app you can use on your smartphone help you monitor and maintain a normal blood pressure.  Where were these great mobile apps when I was back and forth to the hospital with my awesome dad who suffered from hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, strokes, and other chronic illness.

During his last days were trying to maintain a normal blood pressure. Surely, what became normal was a trip to the hospital every other day.  Before long he became a walking pharmacist.  One day a pill would work and before long the pill was replaced with two more.  I miss him.  He has gone on to heaven to be God’s Gardner.  I am thankful to have finished education research that has led to discovering amazing mobile application we can use in practice to help consumer monitor their conditions to maintain normal blood pressure or get early intervention to avoid worsening of the condition.

 

New ihealth blood pressure is helping people to take charge of hypertension by self-monitoring the condition to alleviate urgent care visits.  The ihealth device is compatible with all platforms to include IOS, Android and varies other devices. The wrist monitoring blood pressure monitoring system has come under fire with some suggesting that readings are inaccurate.  However, observational studies have shown that when used correctly, you get the same reading with the exception of those who may suffer from arteriosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a condition where the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to a buildup of plaque around the artery wall. It is also known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease.  This is also something that naturally begins after 40, a part of the aging process and even more reason why we should self-monitor if you have never had hypertension.  At the appropriate level, you get the same reading.  When you take the blood pressure it must be done at heart level–simple.  

The device and monitoring software are user-friendly and connected via blue tooth.  Recommended use is as follows: 

  • Take blood pressure in morning at resting heart rate and before meal or water. 
  • Rest at a table in a sitting position for five minutes in a calming state before taking blood pressure. 
  • Place left elbow comfortably on the table.
  • Place wrist monitoring device on left wrist, 1 cm just below wrist joint.
  • Left wrist is suggested because there on only 10% of the population who are left hand and the device is calibrated for the left arm. 
  • The device will only work at the level of the heart which is the unique value of this particular product– it’s designed to measure blood pressure appropriately.
  • The device will automatically detect the pulse, launch the ihealth mobile app and begin reading.    

According to European Society of Hypertension International Protocol revision 2010, the iHealth BP7 is valid and recommended for self-measurement in an adult population.  There is a lot of momentum building across health disciplines who are developing resource libraries to share new innovative approaches for consumers to take control of managing their health.  The use of equipment devices alone is not considered a treatment.  In all cases be sure to consult your physician.  Knowledge is powerful when applied.

 

Are you a practitioner?  Have you considered implementing technology into your daily practice with your clients?  Across many disciplines, providers are extending their systems of care by sharing the value of integrating technology to help with patient managed care.   Consider sharing with your consumers alternative.  Today, integrating technology reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and improves access to care.  For more information on how you can improve the culture of access in your practice contact me at www.dreveangelsavage.com for a free 15-minute consult.   

Disclosure:  Dr. Eveange Savage is a doctoral researcher who specializes in improving the culture of health access with technology.

 

    

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