6 things your iPhone can do for your BP better than pen & paper
Whether you have been diagnosed with hypertension, pre-hypertension, or simply have risk factors for high blood pressure, home blood pressure monitoring gives you (and your doctor) a more complete picture of your heart health.The good news is that small changes in lifestyle and diet can lower blood pressure. The hardest part is to get started - that's where your iPhone comes in.How can an iPhone help?
It's always with you!
When you track your BP with an App, it's always with you. You can record a reading and easily track your BP not just at home, but also at the gym or at work. Once you start using an app, you don't need to work and organize the data in order to find whatever you are looking for - average and peak values will appear automatically and you can easily search for a specific date even if you have tons of data.
Easily understand what happens to you over time
Research shows that every 10 mm/Hg increase in BP increases your risk for stroke by 11% and cardiovascular disease by 10%. Apps that help you easily graph your results will help you visually see all your info in a weekly/monthly format and let you know how good or bad you are doing with simple color icons. Some apps even send you periodic summaries with your monthly average BP and let you know if it is out of your normal range. Understanding your condition and seeing patterns that cause spikes or dips, is the first step in taking control of your health.
Know when to reach out for help, don't let it happen to you!
High blood pressure is the main or secondary cause of 75% of all strokes and heart attacks. When using a good BP app you get an automatic analysis of your info according to the CDC recommendation and easily understand when you are in a hypertensive crisis range and reach out for help.
Easily communicate with your doctor
When visiting your doctor, you always have all your BP readings that he needs to see with one tap on your iPhone screen. Some apps allow you to have all your medical data on your phone as well - drugs, lab results and other tests so your doctor always have a full picture of your health. When your doctor can easily access all your medical data, you are making sure you are getting the best care.
Reminders to keep you in control of your health
If your app is HIPAA secured, your data is securely backed up and you can easily set repeated reminder to measure your BP. The first step in taking control of your health is tracking it, and reminders can make your life really easy! Over 30% of Americans with high BP live a happy health life and are able to effectively keep their condition under control.