Urgent new warning for smartphone users
Want to check your blood pressure? There’s an app for that… just don’t expect it to work!
Technology has been great at helping everyday Americans seize control of their health and understand their options like never before.
But as with everything else out there, it’s “buyer beware” – because not everything works as advertised.
One new study finds that a popular app for checking blood pressure is wildly inaccurate and possibly dangerous since it could give you a false sense of security.
The app, which sold for $4.99 and was available for iPhones as well as Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy, claimed to combine information such as your age and weight along with a reading from your finger placed near the microphone to come up with an accurate BP reading.
But Johns Hopkins University researchers found that 80 percent of the time, it FAILED to detect high blood pressure levels.
This particular app, called Instant Blood Pressure, is no longer available from the App Store and other sources, but many people still have it installed and use it regularly.
Plus, other similar apps are STILL out there…and you can bet they’re just as inaccurate.
If you’ve been using one yourself, you might want to uninstall it from your phone.
That said, it’s important to know where your BP levels are, especially if you have or are at risk for hypertension, and you don’t have to wait until your next trip to the doctor to see where you stand.
In fact, you’re actually better off NOT seeing a doctor on this one, because millions of Americans suffer from what’s known as “white coat hypertension,” or blood pressure levels that rise due to the stress of visiting the doctor’s office.
Some folks are even taking meds they don’t need as a result of these artificially elevated readings.
If your own doc has told you that your blood pressure is high and wants you to take meds – or if you just want to keep track and make sure your levels are where they should be – invest in a blood pressure cuff (aka a sphygmomanometer) for use at home.
You can find them online and in stores for as little as $20. Some of the more expensive ones can do a little more, and some will even sync with your smartphone to share data with any apps you may have to track your health.
Don’t rely on the numbers from a single reading. To get a true picture of your blood pressure, take several readings over the course of a few days, then continue to check at the same time each day.
If your levels are consistently high, you still may not need meds. Studies show that hypertension drugs don’t always cut the risks linked to high blood pressure...even when they manage to bring levels down.
Learn more – including natural ways to cut your blood pressure – in this free report from my House Calls archives.