Can I use Apple Watch to monitor my blood pressure when wearing it?

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  1. blackbirdz macrumors member

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    As the title said - can I use Apple Watch to monitor my blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) as I have a high BP.

    If so, how do I do it? Can I just use it and the Watch will automatically monitor it or I need to use an apps for this? If anyone has experience with this, please share.
     
  2. bigred7078 macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, it will not keep track of your blood pressure.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    your Apple Watch will not track your blood pressure. it is only capable of keeping track of your heart rate.

    Tracking ones blood pressure is not so easy.
     
  4. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    The watch itself doesn't have compatible sensors, but im sure someone will write a native app that is compatible with a bluetooth blood pressure monitor.
     
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    I bet we see consumer BP monitoring on the :apple:Watch 2/with S2.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Sounds like a bet that you will lose--badly. The existence of the Watch does not magically change the technology required to monitor blood pressure. Whether in the doctor's office, hospital room, or in your home using a consumer blood pressure cuff, monitoring blood pressure requires an inflatable cuff couple to the ability to detect the flow of blood through your veins.

    An automated BP monitor that communicates with your Watch via Bluetooth is probably the simple way to go. If you want an integrated solution, then you need a cuff that replaces your traditional band or bracelet. It must include an air pump and the battery pack to power the pump, pressure transducer, and support electronics. The integrated cuff must also maintain contact between your Watch and your arm.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    http://www.medgadget.com/2012/01/company-claims-optical-blood-pressure-monitor-breakthrough.html

    http://phys.org/news/2014-02-unobtrusive-wearable-blood-pressure-sensor.html

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24110216

    http://www.i4sa.com/web_app/main/defaultProduct.aspx?ID=69&PT=3
     
  9. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    They could fit it in. Make it the Apple armband that is designed for learner swimmers and also measures your blood pressure.
     
  10. Julien, Sep 13, 2015
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    I'm not betting my house (just a day's lunch money;)) but just saying there is a very good chance. Apple is working hard on health sensor tech and I think we will also see glucose and maybe stress level measurements in the next version. Remember 3 years ago most thought an accurate finger print reader in a phone was still a few years away and then Apple came out with the 5S.

    EDIT: Just to add I also think the :apple:Watch 2 will not be available until the fall 2016 time frame (1.5 years from launch) putting it on the holiday cycle.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Thank you for the links. It should be noted that the small animal BP monitor requires an IV probe. I am not sure that many human beings are willing to walk around with the needle inserted to measure their blood pressure. For those with medical ports, however, it might be an option. The MEMS pressure sensor-based monitors may be more practical options. They appear to have the promise of the additional miniaturization required for integration into an Watch band.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Sorry but I will have to bet against that. No way the watch 2 will have the mechanics to do BP. Like I said it is a bit more complicated than most would think.

    What is for lunch?
     
  13. Julien, Sep 14, 2015
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    Chicken.....or at least it tasted like chicken.:eek:

    Here is a 2014 PDF white paper on a study of using LED sensors similar to on the current :apple:Watch to measure BP.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&ved=0CGsQFjAKahUKEwikqqnDn_bHAhVKXh4KHUjIDsk&url=http://ijmp.mums.ac.ir/pdf_2632_eefd362826788210b6aea1631c37320b.html&usg=AFQjCNGreY6VxC5vX_nLvhOM24vq1o_PHg&sig2=0WJSFzNKGyBdlFPD1Jt46A
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    I'll never say never but I don't think we'll see it soon, as noted by others. I just don't think the technology is there for a consumer product. Perhaps we'll see a vertical solution for the medical profession but nothing in the consumer segment yet.
     
  15. saxman211 macrumors regular

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    I truly hope they integrate it into an Applewatch soon... That would sell me on it for sure..
     
  16. travisandnorma macrumors newbie

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    I was doing some research and ran across this post. I am curious, if you could find a wearable product that would track now daily, hourly, your blood pressure, heart rate, mood and energy level, as well as your blood sugar levels in the near future, would you want to learn more?
     
  17. Thai macrumors 6502a

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    Are you advertising for something?? I can almost put a finger on what you're trying to sell...just saying.

    SHOW me your product in action. If i am right, then the product that you're trying to sell is questionable at best. The video never show it in action.
     
  18. Kyle76 macrumors regular

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    On the other hand, if a reliable such device is available, then yes, I'd like to hear about it.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    This device would be the "Holy Grail" of devices but we are a long way away. Heck, my AW hardly tracks my HR. Blood pressure is so dynamic that it changes every minute depending on if standing, sitting etc.

    Yes I would be interested in a device like that and I am sure one day we will see it.
     

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