Withings Blood Pressure

According to Heidi Godman, Executive Editor of Harvard Health Letter, monitoring your blood pressure everyday is very useful. Blood pressure is often an indicator of diabetes, kidney diseases. Hypertension, which happens when your blood pressure is above 140/90 is a silent killer and often goes unnoticed but for your headache, blurred vision or shortness or breath, common ailments that we might easily ignore. Many research reports have also shown that having no symptoms is also common.

High blood pressure can damage your heart and coronory arteries, kidney, cause vision and memory loss if left untreated. Therefore knowing and monitoring your blood pressure is important, especially once you start to grow older.

The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is fairly simple to set up. You need to provide your basic details, age, height and gender in an app that you can download from the internet. I used mine on my apple iphone and setting up was easy. Once set up, you slip on the monitor onto your arm with your feet on the ground and preferrably after having a glass of water (dehydration affects blood pressure). The app records your blood pressure on the fly and keeps a record of it that you can sync with other apps and frameworks like apple health.

I tested the withings by comparing the results with other blood pressure monitors from Omron and also having someone use the old fashioned blood pressure monitor and found it accurate to within a few points.