Blood pressure apps

Knowing you have high blood pressure and finding the most accurate way to monitor and control it can be a challenge. Using a health app to track – but not measure – your blood pressure readings, combined with regular checks from your nurse or doctor, can help minimise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure tracking apps are a useful tool for you to record your blood pressure readings. Instead of keeping a paper diary, these apps are a digital way to keep track of your blood pressure recordings. After you have taken your blood pressure using a reliable blood pressure monitor the app allows you to enter both the systolic and diastolic readings.

Be aware !! Fake blood pressure apps 
There are many health apps that claim to measure your blood pressure without the use of a blood pressure cuff, but none of these have been validated and shouldn’t be trusted to give you an accurate recording.

The only safe way to measure your blood pressure is to use a reliable blood pressure monitor. 

You can measure your blood pressure at home using your own monitor or you can visit your local healthcare centre where a nurse or doctor can take a recording. If you’re unsure about which monitor to use or how to take your own blood pressure, talk with a healthcare professional who can show you how.

Tips when using a blood pressure app

Do ()

  • Talk with your nurse or doctor about your ideal blood pressure range and ways to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Use an app to keep track of your recordings as part of your blood pressure management plan.

Don’t (✘)

  • Rely on apps that claim to measure your blood pressure without the use of a blood pressure cuff.
  • Use a blood pressure app without first discussing it with your doctor.
  • Make changes to your medication based on the recommendations from the app.

The Health Navigator team has reviewed the following blood pressure tracking apps.

App  Features Clinical review

BloodPressureDB

  • Blood pressure recording
  • Medication tracking
  • Reminders
  • Graphs and reports
  • Available from Google Play
  • Cost: Free


 

Excluded apps

Blood Pressure Log - no longer available in Play Store 

 

References

  1. Popular Android blood pressure apps are useless and even harmful to patients iMedical Apps, Medpage Today, May 2016.
  2. Green BB. BP here, there, and everywhere--mobile health applications (apps) and hypertension care. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2015 Feb;9(2):137-9. 
  3. 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.
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 04 Jan 2018