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.
On this page you will find information on:
- Fake blood pressure apps
- App reviews: blood pressure tracking apps
- Tips when using blood pressure apps
- Deciding on a suitable blood pressure app — help me choose
Warning: fake blood pressure apps
|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.
App reviews: blood pressure tracking apps
The Health Navigator team has reviewed the following blood pressure tracking apps.
Blood Pressure Log- no longer available in Play Store
Tips when using blood pressure apps
- 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.
- 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.
Deciding on a suitable blood pressure app — help me choose
While there are a growing number of apps that claim to support blood pressure self management, studies have found very few credible apps.4,5 Blood pressure apps differ in terms of their features and usefulness. A study on the review of mobile apps to support the self-management of hypertension found the following functionality features to be important and desirable in blood pressure apps (Alessa, 2018):
- self-monitoring capabilities: this enables the user to track their BP and other health data over time in different formats, including graphs or tables and access the summary.
- reminder and alerts: to remind users about their medication time, BP measurements, hospital visits or personal goals, or the system alerts another person such as their health care provider when a medication dose is missed or when the BP is higher than the normal level.
- automatic feedback: feedback is provided to users using different approaches, either active feedback through self-care messages and reinforcement messages and passive feedback by representing data in different color codes to indicate whether measurement levels differed from the normal range
- goal setting
- educational information
- communication with health care professional such as through text messaging
- stress management.
- 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.
- Alessa T, Abdi S, Hawley MS et al. Mobile Apps to Support the Self-Management of Hypertension: Systematic Review of Effectiveness, Usability, and User Satisfaction. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jul 23;6(7):e10723.
- Jamaladin H, van de Belt TH, Luijpers LC, et al. Mobile Apps for Blood Pressure Monitoring: Systematic Search in App Stores and Content Analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Nov 14;6(11):e187