Are High-Tech Blood Pressure Monitors Really Worth It?


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TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2022 (HealthDay Information)

In the case of taking your blood pressure at house, sensible gadgets with a lot of bells and whistles are not any higher than old-school screens, which occur to price a lot much less.

That is the principle discovering of a brand new examine that in contrast high-tech gadgets that hyperlink to your smartphone and supply different helpful well being data with fundamental cuffs that show blood pressure solely.

“I used to be shocked,” stated examine creator Dr. Mark Pletcher, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics on the College of California, San Francisco. “I believed there can be some added worth if sufferers might see their measurements on the app and get suggestions and reminders.”

Whereas each kinds of gadgets fared equally properly for blood strain management, the newer gadgets are pricier and take time to arrange. They’ll price as much as $100, in contrast with $50 or $60 for extra fundamental fashions, he stated.

For the examine, greater than 2,000 individuals with high blood pressure used both system for six months. In each teams, the common drop in systolic strain was about 11 mm Hg. Systolic strain, the higher quantity in a blood strain studying, signifies how a lot strain your blood is exerting in opposition to your arteries when it beats.

Most contributors have been glad with no matter system they got, the examine authors famous.

So, what does make a distinction when utilizing a house blood strain system?

“Having medical employees or care managers that educate you the best way to use the system helps,” Pletcher stated. Within the new examine, the researchers did not educate individuals the best way to use the gadgets.

His recommendation for people who’re beginning to monitor their blood strain at house is to verify it a few occasions a day for 5 days. File the readings so that you get a way of your typical blood strain. Collectively along with your physician, you possibly can see in case your present therapy is working or must be tweaked based mostly on these numbers, Pletcher stated.

Left untreated or undertreated, high blood pressure can enhance threat for heart disease and stroke, however consultants say fewer than half of sufferers with the situation have it underneath management.

“If somebody has a Bluetooth-enabled cuff and app that they’re utilizing, there’s nothing improper. They work simply wonderful,” Pletcher stated.

His staff is now taking a look at new wearable know-how that measures blood strain over time with none effort.

The brand new examine was revealed on-line Aug. 15 in JAMA Inner Drugs.

Dr. George Bakris, director of the Complete Hypertension Heart on the College of Chicago, was happy by the findings.

“The apps are right here whether or not we prefer it or not, however I do choose old style [blood pressure monitors],” he stated after reviewing the findings.

“Sufferers have to know the best way to measure blood strain and have it defined to them,” Bakris stated. “Dwelling blood strain is nearly as good if not higher than [taking it in the] workplace if measured accurately and within the morning.”

What’s extra, taking blood strain at house additionally eliminates “white-coat hypertension” — blood strain spikes that happen within the presence of a health care provider.

Extra data

The American Heart Affiliation affords recommendations on the best way to measure blood strain at house.

SOURCES: Mark Pletcher, MD, MPH, professor, epidemiology and biostatistics, College of California, San Francisco; George Bakris, MD, director, College of Chicago Drugs Complete Hypertension Heart, and professor, drugs; JAMA Inner Drugs, Aug. 15, 2022, on-line

By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter

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