High blood pressure is a widespread problem all across the United States. Approximately 75 million people have hypertension, about 1 in every 3 adults, and only half have it under control. Since it runs in my family, I keep an eye on mine with a digital blood pressure monitor, but it is not something I would want to carry around with me because it somewhat bulky.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, now simply known as CES, Omron presented the first monitor that is wearable and wireless. This article from Digital Trends explains more about three of the top blood pressure monitoring devices that were part of the 2017 January show in Las Vegas:

Checking Your Blood Pressure Just Got a Whole Lot Easier with Omron | Digital Trends

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Three different blood pressure monitors were shown off at CES 2017. The Evolve is a wireless upper arm monitor that just went on the market. Coming in spring, is the HeartVue, the smallest monitor Omron has made. More impressive is Project Zero 2.0, an ultra-compact prototype that resembles a smartwatch.

Looking toward the future, Project Zero 2.0 is the most attractive, wearable blood pressure monitor to date. In addition to blood pressure, the device can measure physical activity and sleep patterns. This marks the first time blood pressure technology has been shrunk down effectively enough to produce accurate measurements and still fit in the form of a watch.

Just like every other Omron device, Project Zero 2.0 will connect wirelessly to the Omron app. Users can track and share their data easily with healthcare providers. Currently, a full charge offers about one week of use.

See more here:  Checking Your Blood Pressure Just Got a Whole Lot Easier with Omron | Digital Trends

Many of the companies presenting medical technology at this year’s electronics show had a recurring theme of self monitoring devices to track your own health. What are the advantages? Not only can you check your blood pressure and pulse anywhere you want, but you get immediate feedback as a motivator for improving your stats.

In this video, an Omron employee is interviewed at CES 2017 and demonstrates the features of Project Zero 2.0:

 

This wearable blood pressure monitor offers more than just your BP and your pulse. It also tracks your steps, calories, distance and sleep stats. Some of the benefits of self monitoring are mentioned in this article by Health Call:

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1. Reducing unnecessary appointments

2. Clinical decisions are based on up-to-date patient informationAmerica's Health

3. Lifestyle

4. Peace of mind

5. Improved outcomes

Read the full post here:  Benefits that elf-monitoring can bring

If we could create a healthcare system where people took stock in their own health without unnecessary visits to the doctor, our insurance rates would drop and we would be more accountable for our own choices. Maybe some of these self monitoring devices should be required with certain conditions so that people can understand the implications of their decisions or of their genetics.