Published on : May 23, 2016
High blood pressure is one of the biggest problems that we are grappling with in healthcare as well as in society. This applies especially to the elderly, who are at the greatest risk from hypertension and its negative effects. People older than 55 have at least 90% of a risk of running a high blood pressure. Apart from that, for those younger than 55, there are a range of things that are responsible for high blood pressure. One of the biggest problems today is lifestyle. As urban populations become more and more career centric, there has been a notable increase in the average stress levels of people. This also includes the consumption of toxic substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, and convenience foods that are high in salts and preservatives. Unhealthy eating and high stress levels therefore are two of the greatest contributors to the overall rate of high blood pressure today. So is the healthcare industry doing what it can to tackle this issue?
Use of Wearable Tech for Masked Blood Pressure
One of the current and most effective ways of using wearable tech for blood pressure monitoring is to counter the chances of getting wrong readings. Blood pressure can be rather tricky to monitor as it is dependent on a number of factors, such as the location and what the person ate a while ago or who the person spoke to. As a result, there are two most commonly experienced misdiagnoses in blood pressure readings: white coat blood pressure and masked blood pressure, where the reading is respectively higher or lower in the doctor’s presence than in his or her absence. The answer to this problem is widely considered to be the use of wearable tech, which can help monitor blood pressure of patients consistently.
Wearable Tech for Biofeedback
Another valuable advantage of using wearable tech for blood pressure is the better management of biofeedback therapies. These therapies are essential in helping patients control their own vitals through regular inculcation and practice of good habits, including blood pressure control.