Does blood pressure app work?
Updated: May 21
Blood pressure apps DO work and we review 3 of them
Mobile apps are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. Image by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels
Can you reduce blood pressure by 20 units by changing your lifestyle? The study published in October 2021 in The Journal of the American Medical Association has scientifically proven that this IS in fact possible. The study followed over 28000 participants in different hypertension categories. Those with stage 2 high blood pressure (systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg) were able to bring their systolic readings down by 20 units .
How did they manage to do it? The participants of the Hello Heart program were provided with a standard blood pressure monitor (Bluetooth enabled) that automatically sent readings directly to the Hello Heart app. The app monitors blood pressure trends and automatically gives users strategies to lower their blood pressure with things like diet and exercise.
The statement from the study author Alexis Beatty, a cardiologist and associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, says, “This is the first peer-reviewed, published study reporting the long-term experience of a digital health application for blood pressure management.”
- Most of the study participants retained the benefits of lower blood pressure for the whole duration of the study which lasted 3 years.
- Those participants who were more engaged with the program achieved better progress and had lower blood pressure readings.
This example provides hard proof for the following three items related to high blood pressure:
- One can definitely lower their blood pressure through lifestyle changes
- You need an easy way to track blood pressure to stay engaged and motivated
- Your blood pressure app should give you clear directions for specific activities