Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February is American Heart Month: Blood Pressure Apps for Your Smart Phone

Monitoring blood pressure has never been easier, thanks to new apps designed for that specific purpose. With one in three adults worldwide diagnosed with high blood pressure (according to the World Health Organization), tracking blood pressure is critically important to help prevent heart attack and stroke.
 
Here are five apps developed to measure and monitor blood pressure:


• HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker measures blood pressure, pulse and weight. The app also provides charts and analysis tools. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Cost: 99 cents.
• Heart Pal lets you log and analyze your blood pressure and share this data with your healthcare professional. It also helps you track you medications. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Cost: 99 cents.
• iBP lets you record and track blood pressure and share the information with your doctor. Cost: 99 cents. Compatible with iPhone and Android.
• Healthy Heart 2 is designed for individuals at high risk for heart disease. It monitors blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, blood glucose, potassium and medications. The data can be shared with healthcare professionals. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Cost: free.
• Withings Health Companion tracks blood pressure, weight, activity level and sleep patterns. The company also offers a blood pressure cuff that works with the iPhone. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Cost: free.


This list is courtesy of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, a Million Hearts Colorado partner.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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