Review: iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

iHealth BP5 and BP7 wireless blood pressure monitors

iHealth BP5 and BP7 wireless blood pressure monitors
8.25

Design

8/10

    Ease of use

    9/10

      Use of information

      8/10

        Motivation

        8/10

          Pros

          • Price
          • Simple and easy to use
          • BP7 automatically detects wrist position

          Cons

          • BP7 can give higher measurements

          iHealth Lab’s line of products include blood pressure monitors, blood glucose meters, body analysis scales, pulse oximeters and activity trackers that sync directly with a free mobile app to make measuring, tracking and sharing your health data easy.

          The iHealth wireless blood pressure monitor offers an elegant user interface and vivid testing process that empower you to monitor changes in your blood pressure readings, and understand the reasons behind these changes using simple analysis tools: interactive graph, statistics, smart World Health Organization (WHO) classifications, and an FAQ.

          The iHealth range of blood pressure monitors consists of:

          • Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor BP5
          • Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor BP7
          Design
          Ease of use
          Use of information
          Motivation
          Overview

          Design

          We were very impressed with the up market and classy packaging the device arrived in, it could have been made by Apple. The blood pressure monitors come complete with a wireless blood pressure monitor, user manual, quick Start guide, charging cable, and travel case.

          The monitor can take up to 80 measurements on a full charge.

          iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor


          Ease of use

          Forget the wires and tubes. This no hassle monitor makes it easy and convenient to check your own blood pressure, anytime and anywhere. To use the device you need to download the free app. The app allows for multiple users to input data which is stored and accessed separately. The readings are remembered and can be recalled individually or shown in graph form.

          Readings are synced with the iHealth app and stored on our secure, HIPPA compliant, iHealth Cloud, so that you can instantly store data, track trends, and share results with your doctor, caregiver, or family members.

          You can also enable offline measurement in the “Device Settings” of iHealth MyVitals app. To start measurements when disconnected from the iOS device (“offline”), turn on the Monitor by pressing the “START/STOP”button. Offline measurement data will be uploaded to the device automatically upon the next iOS connection.

          iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

          The data can be exported to a limited number of locations: Email, Facebook, Twitter, and the Targetweight Pro app. To add the data to any other website or app it must be copied over manually.


          Use of information

          The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor has obtained CE medical certification (Europe) as well as FDA approval (USA). The monitor also has obtained ESH Certification (European Society of Hypertension).

          Each reading is evaluated against JNC guidelines (Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure) and graphed against previous readings to track trends at a glance.

          With the BP7, to ensure accuracy, the device automatically detects wrist position and will not begin reading until correct position has been achieved. Wrist blood pressure monitors are extremely sensitive to body position. To get an accurate reading when taking your blood pressure with a wrist monitor, your arm and wrist must be at heart level. Even then, blood pressure measurements taken at the wrist may be higher and less accurate than those taken at your arm. That’s because the wrist arteries are narrower and not as deep under your skin as those of the forearm.

          The BP7, not by nature of a flaw in its design, may suffers from the above. Most people are going to experience higher results on a wrist monitor than they are one that goes around the upper arm. So if we understand that, and set it aside in favor of the increased convenience then what we’re left with is an attractive and well designed instrument.

          The American Heart Association recommend to anyone using a home BP monitor that they should use a device that measures the pressure in their upper arm. Why go for a wrist BP monitor? Some people may have problems taking a blood pressure measurement from their upper arm. For instance, they may have a very large arm or find the BP measurements painful.


          Motivation

          Home monitoring is a great way to help detect and monitor high blood pressure. Regular readings taken over a period of time can track the history of your results and indicate any changes, fluctuations or elevations in your blood pressure. The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors provide a convenient way to test, track and share your results.

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          iHealth BP5 Blood Pressure Monitor
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          The MyVitals app supports a variety of iHealth devices, so you can use the app to track not only your blood pressure, but weight, calorie trends, sleep data, physical activity, food intake and more. It is very easy to manage all aspects of your general health within the one app, which presents the data in easy-to-understand graphs, comparing the readings to national recommended guidelines, and it also allows users to set their own targets that track performance against them.


          Overview

          The verdict

          The iHealth blood pressure monitors are slightly less expensive than their nearest rivals. They have good battery life as well as a built in rechargeable battery. The software is simple and easy to use. If you have been told by your doctor to measure your blood pressure on a regular basis – or if you just want to take greater care of your health, we would recomment this product as good value for money.

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          iHealth BP5 Blood Pressure Monitor
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          Purchase the iHealth Blood Pressure monitors from the iHealth’s website

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