Recent research shows that individual spikes or high readings are not necessarily indicative of underlying hypertension or other health issues. Blood pressure readings taken at the doctor’s office are not entirely reliable when it comes to diagnosing high blood pressure in individuals.

High readings can result from ‘white coat syndrome’ – while apparently low random readings may not be capturing someone’s real underlying hypertension.

That’s why ambulatory blood pressure measurement is now considered the gold standard. This involves patient’s wearing a monitor continuously allowing doctors to see a patient’s blood pressure during the day and night. This type of measurement is still not however always widely used by healthcare professionals due to the high cost of the treatment.
Home blood pressure monitoring has helped to fill the gaps, giving blood pressure sufferers the ability to take readings at regular intervals to help give users a clearer picture of their blood pressure. Now new technology has emerged which aims to give patients the ability to track blood pressure in an ambulatory way via a wearable device.

Blood pressure in the cloud

The brain relies on healthy arteries to deliver a steady supply of blood around the body. Hypertension harms the arteries causing the vessels to thicken and become stiff, something known as arteriosclerosis. Vascular dementia and mild cognitive impairment can result from arteries becoming blocked, along with strokes as a result of blood clots.

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A new wrist-worn ambulatory heart and blood pressure monitor was recently unveiled at the CES 2014 exhibition. The ambulatory heart rhythm monitor connects to a wearable blood pressure vest and allows the user to continuously track blood pressure without it affecting their normal daily activity. It can connect to Android and iOS phones via Bluetooth and is capable of storing up to 200 readings.
Blood pressure measurements can be taken at pre-set measured intervals, of say 15 minutes, or of longer gaps of 2 hours. Information is stored in the cloud and is backed up and secure. It allows users to log in anywhere and at any time and access data no matter where the measurement was taken. It also allows users to share their data with others by setting up multiple accounts.
The wireless blood pressure monitor attaches with a cuff at the wrist and is used with a free app to track and measure systolic and diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave with results that can be shared in real time. It allows users to create visually dynamic charts and compare results against historical averages and against WHO guidelines. It also allows users to track physical activities and diet to see how well lifestyle changes are working.

How does it work?

The gadget works using motion sensor technology, and the monitor is sensitive to the wrist position. It’s already obtained CE medical certification for use in Europe and FDA approval in the USA, as well as ESH Certification (European Society of Hypertension).
Having a continuous blood pressure monitoring system gives us a much better way to track and understand hypertension so for anyone with high blood pressure this looks like an exciting technological development.

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