eXtensions - Monday 8 May 2017

Cassandra: Self-checking Blood Pressure - Many at Risk from Hypertension

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By Graham K. Rogers


The Bangkok Post is reporting this morning (8 May 2017) on hypertension, calling this a silent killer that affects 13 million Thais. A doctor cited suggests that blood pressure should be checked often (Bangkok Post).

This may not be so easy. A visit to a hospital for "Wellness" checking takes time and there is also (of course) a fee. Many medical professionals support the idea of home checking. This is already done by millions who suffer from diabetes. There are blood pressure devices, but they are not on sale here (as far as I have seen).

I have two: not because I am particularly worried about my blood pressure, although as I am over 60, it is a good idea to check. I do this often with the two devices I have. A doctor friend says it is a good idea to check three times a day (I usually manage once) noting the risk from stroke. I bought both as I was writing about HealthKit devices:

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor Qardio Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor (left) and Qardio Blood Pressure Monitor

Unfortunately, the two devices had to be purchased via Amazon. While the basic price is reasonable, shipping and other costs make both more expensive than they otherwise might be if they were imported here. Some outlets may have older devices, but these only provide basic readings, while the Withings and Qardio monitors are designed to work with smartphone apps, so the data can be stores and (more important) shared with health professionals.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)



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