Do any Smartwatches Measure Blood Pressure?

Our blood pressure is normally recorded as two numbers. The systolic blood pressure which is the upper number basically shows the amount of pressure at which the blood exerts against our artery walls experienced when our heart beats. The diastolic blood pressure, which is the lower number, indicates the amount of pressure your blood exerts against the artery walls when the heart is resting between every beats.

Smartwatches have played a vital role in the health of a human being. Most of them have the ability to measure your heart rate but only few can successfully measure your blood pressure from the wrist without the aid of other gadgets. The most notable smart watch for blood pressure, which is the first one to successfully measure blood pressure from the wrist is the Omron’s HeartGuide smartwatch.

The technology behind this is an impressive one as it has an underneath strap that houses a cuff that inflates and measures systolic and diastolic pressure by the oscillometric procedure. This method is similar to what experienced in hospitals by doctors with bigger gadgets. Blood pressure is one health concern you have to keep tabs on. Apple introduced the ECG on its Apple Watch Series 4 which was aimed at enabling users to spot any sort of atrial fibrillation. The smartwatch, however, couldn’t do the blood pressure test.

With the Omron’s HeartGuide smartwatch, taking blood pressure is quite easy and effective. What you need to do is to press the button at the top of the watch and make sure that it is at the same level as your heart. When the level is correct, it automatically starts to take a measurement for approximately 30 seconds. During the process, the cuff automatically inflates and deflates on its own. For accurate readings, it is recommended that you remain still. When the measurement is done, the reading of your blood pressure is displayed on the screen. The border on the screen turns red when your blood pressure is high.

According to the manufacturing company, HeartGuide’s inflatable wrist-cuff can provide up to 30, 000 uses. This can last your years if it is for a single user and in case the smartwatch develops a technical issue, the Omron will replace it with a new watch for free.

Samsung, on the other hand, announced a new smartwatch dubbed the Galaxy Active that they claimed to monitor blood pressure. The manufacturing company, however, suggested introducing a new feature later called My BP Lab app developed in partnership with UC San Francisco. The app which integrates directly with the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy line of smartwatches can be downloaded directly from Google Play Store.

Apple is not designed to measure blood pressure but is capable of integrating with other third party FDA-approved wireless gadgets including Qardio and the Omron. This is achieved by simply integrating readings whereby users can compare separate things like steps taken and tracking your sleep.

Monitoring and measuring your blood outside the doctor’s room is one of the most achievements one desires. This is because it is convenient and saves you time and some money and in addition, you are in the position of determining if it is an appropriate time to seek medical attention. This is the reason why companies like the Omron are so much determined to produce a smartwatch that can do all these at your convenient time and place.

Omron is dedicated to providing blood pressure testing devices. The reason behind this is because hypertension affects the majority of people and it is linked with certain conditions like heart attack, kidney failures, strokes and many more. Knowing your blood pressure helps you manage such conditions before they become complicated.

Omron HeartGuide BP8000-M smartwatches the most known brand with a built-in oscillometric blood pressure measurement which is cleared by the FDA. It is also recommended by doctors as it provides accurate results. The company also manufactures devices starting from $40 and 10-series gadgets that have 200 of memory for $60. The smartwatch involved more than 80 new patents, miniaturizing the oscillometric method which fits well on the wrist.

With the HeartGuide BP8000-M, the user can as well use it for tracking sleep quality, activity tracking and for smart notifications. It as well features Bluetooth connectivity an additional app that allows you link with your smartphone for a comprehensive view of data. It however lacks the heart rate monitoring as well as the GPS. This might be because it was basically designed as a medical device rather than a sporting gadget. It also allows the user to handle calls, text and even receive email notifications.

The battery of the HeartGuide can provide between 30 and 50 inflations when fully charged. According to the manufacturing company, this smartwatch requires a charge of at least once to three times a week which is based on how you use it.

It weighs about 115 grams which is heavier compared to other normal smartwatches like the Garmin Vivoactive 3 that weighs 39 grams only. It is 14 mm thick which is thicker than its counterpart Vivoactive 3 that measures 11.7 mm. Its general appearance is a bit larger when observed on the wrist.

The Omron HeartGuide smartwatch is a giant portable watch for monitoring your blood pressure. It might not be a versatile device as many might expect but this is a big step the Omron has made in manufacturing healthy monitoring device. It is designed with the aim of targeting people who already have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. It alerts the user if he/she has Afib and it is a bit expensive as compared to other smartwatches. It is however worth the price as it keeps you in tabs with your blood pressure to avoid emergency situations. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is tricky to measure as it changes at different times of the day and night which is driven by our emotions and physical activities. HeartGuide is designed to deliver powerful new technology for tracking and managing your blood pressure.

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