Over 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension is the direct cause of half of all strokes and heart attacks. Failure to maintain blood pressure within target levels is thought to account for 62,000 unnecessary deaths per year. The Health Survey for England 2011 showed that 31% of men and 28% of women in the adult population have high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is summarised by two measurements, systolic (when the heart contracts) and diastolic (when the heart relaxes). Normal blood pressure at rest is between 100-140 mmHg systolic and between 60-90 mmHg diastolic. Hypertension is when the blood pressure is persistently above a systolic pressure of 140 mmHg or a diastolic pressure 90 mmHg.
Your blood pressure continuously fluctuates throughout the day. When diagnosing hypertension, NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommends:
- Blood pressure is measured twice a day (morning & evening). At each blood pressure recording session, two consecutive measurements are taken, at least 60 seconds apart whilst the person is seated.
- Blood pressure should be measured ideally for at least 7 days
- The measurements taken on the first day should be discarded and an average value of all the remaining measurements is taken to confirm the person’s blood pressure status
iHealth manufactures a range of mHealth personal blood pressure monitors. These wireless devices use bluetooth technology to communicate seamlessly with your IOS or Android smartphone, storing your blood pressure measurements in your own personal health vault. You can access your own health data from any internet enabled device and can choose to share your progress with your doctor.
The iHealth BP5 blood pressure monitor is a connected health device that connects seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone or Android Tablet.
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