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Are smartphone apps accurate at checking blood pressure?

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Many smartphone apps claim to measure blood pressure, but can you trust the results? Early research suggests you can’t -- at least not yet.

One small study found readings from a popular blood pressure app were highly inaccurate. A review of several apps notes that most haven’t been scientifically proven to give correct readings. It recommends more studies before apps are used for medical purposes.

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Some home blood pressure monitors aren’t accurate.”

Consumer Reports : “Blood Pressure Monitor Buying Guide,” “The Most Accurate Blood Pressure Wrist Monitors.”

PubMed Health: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Baylor College of Medicine: “Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home.”

Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure (hypertension).”

JAMA Internal Medicine : “Validation of the Instant Blood Pressure Smartphone App.”

Current Hypertension Reports : “Smartphone Applications for Hypertension Management: a Potential Game-Changer That Needs More Control.”

Appliances Connection: "Panasonic EW3153W."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 05, 2017

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