Need to check your blood pressure?there is an app

key takeaways

  • High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. Even if a person is not diagnosed with high blood pressure, it can still damage their body.
  • Heart disease is one of the biggest risks associated with high blood pressure.
  • Controlling high blood pressure requires cooperation between patients and their healthcare providers. Telehealth can play a key role in this partnership. Technological advancements are helping people measure blood pressure at home using just a smartphone app. They are also able to share their data with their medical team.

February is American Heart Month. Celebrations are a great time to learn what causes heart disease and how to prevent it.

Nearly half of adults in the United States (about 116 million people) have high blood pressure. Medically, this condition is called high blood pressure—it’s one of the risk factors for heart disease.

High blood pressure can be controlled, but requires early diagnosis and treatment. Technology has made it easier for patients to work with healthcare providers and manage their conditions at home.

Apps can even help people find out they have high blood pressure and take steps to reduce their risk of health complications.

high blood pressure and heart disease

Decode blood pressure readings

Blood pressure readings have two numbers: systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number).

  • Your systolic Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on your arteries when your heart contracts and pushes blood toward your body.
  • Your diastolic blood pressure Blood pressure The pressure remaining in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats.

How high is too high?

Here’s a breakdown of what your blood pressure reading means:

  • Normal: less than 120 (systolic blood pressure) and less than 80 (diastolic blood pressure)
  • Elevated: 120–129 (systolic) and less than 80 (diastolic blood pressure)
  • Hypertension stage 1: 130–139 (systolic blood pressure) or 80–89 (diastolic)
  • Hypertension Stage 2: 140 or higher (systolic blood pressure) or 90 or higher (diastolic)
  • Hypertensive crisis (immediate medical attention): Above 180 (systolic blood pressure) and / or Above 120 (diastolic blood pressure)

Signs of a Hypertensive Crisis

Why is high blood pressure dangerous?

High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. This condition may go undetected for months or years.

“Globally, approximately 50% of the expected high blood pressure population remains undiagnosed, especially in Western and developed countries,” Naveh Tov, MD, chief medical officer at, told VigorTip.

Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC

Untreated high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease worldwide.

— Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC

If you don’t feel the effects of high blood pressure, not only are you less likely to be diagnosed, but once you find out you have high blood pressure, you may not think you need treatment.

“Hypertension is a silent disease that can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult,” Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC, Whole Heart Cardiology, told VigorTip. “It also affects medication adherence, because taking medication for something you can’t feel is less convincing than something that causes symptoms, like reflux.”

Even if you don’t feel it, increased arterial pressure can cause long-term damage to your body. “Untreated high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease worldwide,” says Harkin. “It puts extra stress on the heart, forcing it to work harder than it should.”

Here are a few things that untreated high blood pressure can cause:

  • stroke
  • vision loss
  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation (“atrial fibrillation”)
  • kidney disease
  • sexual dysfunction

risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure

Patient and provider work together

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your provider may recommend several strategies to help lower your blood pressure.

“Hypertension can be easily treated with dietary approaches and medication,” Harkin said. “Dietary approaches, such as following a high-plant, low-salt, DASH-type diet, can be a way for patients to manage their blood pressure.”

Naveh Tov, MD, Ph.D.

Globally, approximately 50% of the population with expected hypertension remains undiagnosed.

— Naveh Tov, MD, Ph.D.

It’s also important to identify other factors that may contribute to high blood pressure, according to Harkin.

“Screening for underlying medical problems that can cause blood pressure, such as sleep apnea, is something doctors and other providers should be doing,” Harkin said. “If drugs are needed, making sure they don’t cause side effects – which increases the likelihood of taking them – should be a priority.”

Regular blood pressure measurements at home can help you and your healthcare team determine more quickly whether your current treatment plan is working or needs to be adjusted.

“If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you need to be able to measure your blood pressure at home,” Tove said. “Then you know if your condition is under control. Based on your measurements, the medical team can make the right decisions about your care.”

What causes high blood pressure?

How telehealth can help

Managing your blood pressure may not always require a trip to your healthcare provider’s office. With the growing popularity and popularity of virtual care and telehealth, your team may be able to advise you from home.

“Telemedicine is great for blood pressure management, allowing for faster [increase in dosage] Medications can be administered if needed,” Hagin said. “Patient-reported home blood pressure monitoring has been shown to be an accurate and reliable method of tracking a patient’s blood pressure. Plus, patients can show you their vial and ask questions from the comfort of their home. ”

What is telemedicine?

A company’s innovative approach, a global provider of video-based health and wellness monitoring solutions, has developed a new way to help people monitor blood pressure at home using only a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

What is PPG? uses photoplethysmography (PPG) technology. The technique uses low-intensity infrared light to measure changes in the circulatory system with each heartbeat.

PPG has traditionally been used to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation levels, but has applied the technology to other vital signs. It’s low-cost, non-invasive, and doesn’t require calibration like some blood pressure monitoring devices.

coping with high blood pressure

To read blood pressure using the app, users point their smartphone’s camera at their face and let the app’s technology “see” their upper cheek.

From there, the app measures several vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen saturation. It takes about the same amount of time to get a reading from a standard blood pressure cuff.

Naveh Tov, MD, Ph.D.

The challenge of diagnosing and controlling blood pressure begins with the ability to measure blood pressure.

— Naveh Tov, MD, Ph.D.

After readings are taken, the app can automatically send the data to the user’s healthcare provider for review. is not yet available for personal use. However, the company is currently working with insurers and healthcare systems around the world who are looking for an easy-to-use and cost-effective way to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

“We should remember that elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular events,” Tove said. “The challenge of diagnosing and controlling blood pressure begins with the ability to measure blood pressure. Our device improves the affordability and availability of this measure.”

what does this mean to you

You may have high blood pressure and don’t know it. If left untreated, this condition can be dangerous and increase the risk of heart disease. That is, it usually causes no symptoms.

One way you can be proactive is to check your blood pressure regularly and tell your healthcare provider if your readings are out of the normal range. With early diagnosis and treatment, high blood pressure can be controlled.

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