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New blood-pressure monitors work with your cell phone

Consumer Reports News: March 20, 2012 10:08 AM

For people with borderline or high blood pressure, home testing with a blood-pressure monitor can be more accurate than testing in a doctor's office. And more home blood-pressure monitors are becoming compatible with your cell phone and various other electronic devices so that you can keep track of your readings--just download the necessary app and you're good to go.

We've just added several new blood-pressure monitors to our Ratings (available to subscribers), including both wrist and arm models. One newly tested arm model from Withings is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, just like one of our previously tested monitors.

After you download the Withings app, you can connect the monitor's pressure cuff to the iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. It deflates and inflates with a tap to your device's screen. You can store readings on your electronic device and chart your results over time.

The Withings blood-pressure monitor was excellent at systolic and diastolic pressure accuracy. Unlike other models, it allows you to plug the cuff directly into the phone or electronic device (a separate docking station is not required).

For more details, including test results on all of the newly rated blood-pressure monitors, plus several Recommended and Best Buy wrist and arm models from our more than 20 blood-pressure monitors, see our full Ratings. And for more helpful information, check out our Consumer Reports blood-pressure monitor buying guide.

Find out how to lower your blood pressure, and how to calculate your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Maggie Shader

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