Nobody likes to have their blood pressure taken because of the fear that the results will say that something is wrong. That can be true in some cases, but the whole idea of preventative health care is to get ahead of any potential problems so as to head it off before it goes nuclear. That’s why many go to drugstores where automated machines take their blood pressure — it’s something to do on a regular basis devoid of a doctor’s office. But both the doctor’s office and the machine have basic problems: in the case of the doctor’s office the level of fear is so high as to almost guarantee that the blood pressure reading will be higher than it would be otherwise, and in the case of the machine, the level of accuracy is rarely correct and so requires averaging out multiple times a reading is taken. A better solution would be to be able to do this when and where you wanted to, like at home. So in comes the $129.95 Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor to do exactly that.
The monitor is designed to be as non-invasive as possible for what it does. It’s a cuff that gets slipped onto an arm, with a connection made to a Bluetooth enabled smartphone running an associate app. If it sounds like this is being made overly simple, the fact is that it isn’t complicated at all. Properly setting up the parameters for taking a reading is done through the app by syncing it to the cuff and following directions being stated. That all makes sense as well as being common sense. The app holds all of the readings being done: storing them away for reviewing or sharing with your doctor, if you should so choose. Feedback is color code driven and results are compared to World Health Organization blood pressure standards so as to provide for an easy read on the data. The app functions the same regardless of whether it’s for iOS or Android, FYI. And yes the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is FDA approved too.
The hardest thing about using the monitor is getting the cuff in position, and for many by “hard” all is meant is that the first few times it will take a few minutes to get it placed properly. Besides, since there are no lines for others waiting to use it, so what if you don’t get it perfect the first time out. There’s all the time in the world, and you can munch a health bar while charging up the cuff. The important thing is to develop a schedule of regularly taking the pressure — you’ll be measuring systolic as well as diastolic and even getting your heart rate as an added bonus. The readings are being tracked so you can view them over time. And since the “fear” level is totally receded, what is discovered will be more accurate and less inclined to have you breaking out in a cold sweat. Or wondering if you’re doomed because the blood pressure machine’s reading was so off the mark that it basically said you were dead.
Being able to take regular readings is not only convenient, but can also aid in reducing hypertension levels by letting the user see that he/she is doing well. Removing the unknown can be a powerful inducement to being more healthy and to behaving in a manner more conducive to good health.
Withings’ Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor won’t replace a visit to the doctor, but it will allow you to get blood pressure readings that will be free of “white coat fever” or a drugstore’s incorrectly calibrated blood pressure machine. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a blood pressure reading a day can also help to do just that. The Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor makes taking a reading every day not just possible, but doable.