Shin Min - One in 4 Singaporeans suffers from high blood pressure and usually half of these sufferers do not realize it. According to a national health survey, more and more people are suffering from high blood pressure with the greatest increase coming for the people between the age band of 30 - 69 years. Despite medical advancement and the use of medication to control the blood pressure situation, it is still difficult to control the rise in the number of hypertension cases.
The conventional cuff-based method of measuring blood is both cumbersome and uncomfortable to patients.
HealthSTATS has launched a new product BPro, the world’s smallest equipment that allows for the monitoring of blood pressure over a 24-hour period and it is as easy as wearing a watch. According to the Chairman of HealthSTATS, Dr Ting Choon Meng, each patient’s blood pressure pattern differs. By using BPro, doctors will be able to understand the pattern and more accurately prescribe medication to treat the patient more effectively.
In addition to aiding doctors to identify the patient’s medical conditions, BPro can also help to prevent blood pressure related ailments. For example, some patients have night-high condition and their blood pressure only shoots up at night. This cannot be detected at a daytime clinical visit.
BPro is not for sale in Singapore. Patients have to visit a clinic to request for the BPro service, wear the medical watch device for 24 hours and then return to the clinic to have the data downloaded and ascertain their 24-hour BP patterns.