Hypertension is a condition marked by an elevated blood pressure reading. It may be more subtle or less threatening initially, but without the proper monitoring methods and medication, it could lead to more health issues. In this digital age, technology can help keep hypertension — which is becoming more common — in check. This has led to a demand for health tech experts to help develop further advancements.
As such, educational institutions are putting a much larger emphasis on expertise with technology in their healthcare management degrees. These professionals will be able to further support patients by identifying the right tech solutions based on their individual needs. Indeed, technology will play an important role in caring for unique patients, particularly those with common conditions like hypertension. If you or a loved one experiences high blood pressure, here’s how these types of apps can help keep track of your condition:
They monitor your metrics
It can be challenging to schedule an appointment with your doctor for every potential issue related to your blood pressure. Self-management apps like Hello Heart can help you keep track of your metrics, so you can watch for problems that may arise and consult a professional accordingly. The app is connected to a wireless blood pressure cuff that monitors activity, pulse, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. A study on the effects of a mobile technology blood pressure self-management program found that almost 70% of participants with stage 2 hypertension were able to improve their blood pressure control within two years. The Hello Heart app is free, but you will need the accompanying hardware to make it work, so talk to your doctor first before investing in one.
They help you make better health choices
Technology can monitor your metrics, but you may want to know how to improve them. Some apps can make suggestions on diet and exercise based on the data they gather from you. Cardiio is an app that measures your heart rate, and all you have to do is place your fingers on the back camera on your phone. The app can determine your heart rate by using the camera to record minute variations in the reflected light from your finger. Afterward, you can get insights into your fitness and endurance, and the app will recommend short workout routines which can be completed within minutes. Cardiio is handy if you aren’t looking to buy extra equipment to help you monitor blood pressure or heart rate. It will also help you discover if anything is out of the ordinary so you can have it addressed.
They make sure every detail is recorded
Blood pressure can be taken daily, but it’s also essential to keep a daily record of these measurements. Using a tracker or journal app for your blood pressure can help you detect patterns that may be alarming, and it will be easier to show the data to your doctor. AVAX records your blood pressure and shows you charts and statistics based on the data you give. You can input your daily pulse and your systolic and diastolic ranges to see how your blood pressure fluctuates. AVAX also reminds you to take medication if you have any. With a comprehensive record right in the palm of your hand, you can make sure your blood pressure is improving.
It’s vital to be cognizant of your blood pressure because it could progress into more dangerous and deadly health problems if you don’t monitor it carefully. Thankfully, technology has advanced enough that you can manage your health from the comfort of your home; take this opportunity to use technology to keep your hypertension at bay.
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By: Rianne Jayleen