If you have high blood pressure, it's important to get it checked regularly. Having poorly controlled blood pressure increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. There are a variety of blood pressure apps available but not all blood pressure apps are safe.
Blood pressure apps can be broadly divided into 2 groups — blood pressure measurement apps and blood pressure tracking apps.
Blood pressure measurement apps
Blood pressure measurement apps claim to measure your blood pressure , for example by placing your finger on the screen of your phone, it measures heart rate and blood pressure. These apps have not been validated as blood pressure monitoring devices and should not be trusted. They have been described as “prank” apps that display a fake blood pressure.¹ Do not use these apps to measure your blood pressure — they are likely to be harmful.³ Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to measure your blood pressure using a validated, reliable blood pressure monitor.
Blood pressure tracking apps
Blood pressure tracking apps allow you to record your blood pressure readings. These apps serve as a diary for you to record your blood pressure readings (systolic BP and diastolic BP) after you've measured it on an actual blood pressure monitor or device. Discuss your BP readings with your doctor. These offer a convenient replacement to traditional paper-based record cards (example blood pressure record card Heart Foundation, Australia). The table below are examples of blood pressure tracking apps.
If you are unsure about the safety of a blood pressure app, discuss it with your doctor. Using an inappropriate app can be harmful.
|Blood Pressure Log - no longer available in Play Store|
The following references relate to articles about apps for blood pressure
- Popular Android blood pressure apps are useless and even harmful to patients iMedical Apps, Medpage Today, May 2016
- Green BB. BP here, there, and everywhere--mobile health applications (apps) and hypertension care. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2015 Feb;9(2):137-9.
- Kumar N, Khunger M, Gupta A, Garg N. A content analysis of smartphone-based applications for hypertension management. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2015 Feb;9(2):130-6.