Most of you have probably had your blood pressure taken before. I guess for me it’s a pleasant enough experience, and I think that some people may take for granted its importance and usefulness.
Michigan State University has designed a tested-and-proven app that can provide accurate blood pressure readings by using an iPhone, even without special equipment to support it.
Importance of Taking Blood Pressure
Before we delve deeper into that, there is just one question that needs to be answered: “Are you aware of the importance of taking accurate blood pressure readings?”
Blood pressure is an important element of a person’s health. A high blood pressure reading represents a high risk of a person having health implications in the future because it can put a strain on that person’s arteries.
Now, let’s talk about the importance of accurate blood pressure readings. It is considered critical because if the reading isn’t accurate, then it could potentially lead doctors to undertake the wrong action plan.
For instance, if you have a misleadingly high reading, then it will in all likelihood make the doctor prescribe medication that’s not only unnecessary but possibly harmful as well. On the other hand, if you have a misleadingly low reading, then it will certainly lead to you not receiving the proper care and medication that you truly need.
A Mobile App That Can Take Blood Pressure
The discovery of the app, which was highlighted in the recent issue of Scientific Reports, was made by a group of scientists led by Ramakrishna Mukkamala, who is an MSU professor of electrical and computer engineering.
According to Mukkamala, they were able to invent a practical tool to monitor blood pressure by leveraging optical and force sensors that are present in smartphones for taking selfies and making use of “peek and pop”, which is a feature that is exclusive to the iPhone and is first introduced in the launching of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
By making use of a combination of a smartphone and additional optical and force sensors, the group was able to create a device that rivaled arm-cuff readings, which is the standard in nearly every medical setting.
At present, with smartphones continually evolving and improving, those add-ons may no longer be required. Also, since peek and pop is already available in many iPhone and some Android models, people can have the option of using a smartphone other than the iPhone in taking a reading.
Availability of the Mobile App
According to Mukkamala, the app could be made available to the public perhaps in the last quarter of 2019; that is if things keep progressing at its current pace.
Like their original device, a standard regulatory test still needs to be done on the application. However, since no additional hardware is required, then the app could possibly reach the public faster.
In an international setting, the app could be ground-breaking, a game changer even. Not only will this app provide people with accurate readings but also with a daily record that could give an accurate average.