With the BP Matters app, you can measure your blood pressure at home. Here’s what you need to know. By Priscilla Goy
The new BP Matters app launched on October 1, at an event to mark World Heart Day which fell on September 29, helps you monitor and track your blood pressure.
It also displays charts to track blood pressure patterns over time, and users can e-mail their records to doctors.
The app was developed by the Singapore Heart Foundation, together with Nanyang Polytechnic.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in four Singaporeans. Last year, cardiovascular disease also accounted for nearly one in three deaths here.
Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Social and Family Development Faishal Ibrahim said: “The numbers may seem bleak, but the good news is that much of cardiovascular disease can be prevented by making just a few simple daily changes – such as getting more exercise and measuring your blood pressure levels regularly.” He was guest of honour at the event, held near Yishun MRT station.
Dr Tan Yong Seng, vice-chairman of the Singapore Heart Foundation, said that monitoring and maintaining good blood pressure readings is important for patients because high blood pressure typically does not exhibit any symptoms.
“With the BP Matters app, doctors can better determine if treatments are working and (this) helps eliminate any false reading taken one-time at the clinic.”
The app can be downloaded for free on the Google Play store. It will also be available on the Apple App Store in November.
The annual World Heart Day is celebrated to increase public awareness and promote preventive measures for cardiovascular risk factors.
A version of this story first appeared on the online edition of The Straits Times on Oct 1, 2016 with the headline ‘New mobile app launched to help patients track blood pressure readings’.