Track your blood pressure from anywhere with your Apple Watch

Blood pressure is one of the most important health parameters, especially if you have hypertension. Summer travel and activities can make it more difficult to monitor your blood pressure regularly. However, an Apple Watch can be helpful when paired with devices that measure your blood pressure.

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By monitoring daily, you can establish a baseline for your version of “normal” and record any changes in your numbers over time. Stress at work and at home can cause your numbers to rise, as can certain foods you eat. Monitoring your blood pressure can also help with early diagnosis and false readings (for example, if your blood pressure is high only at the doctor's), and help you keep track of the effects of new blood pressure medications.

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While home monitoring cannot replace a visit to the doctor, it can give you the data you need to know when it's time to see a doctor.

With the Health app on your Apple Watch, you can conveniently sync your blood pressure data in one place on a device that you always have with you.

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The smartwatch is not equipped to Measure your blood pressure alone, but there are tools and devices you can pair with it – usually wireless monitors that connect to your iPhone or Apple Watch and come with an arm cuff and their own app. These devices automatically sync the data with your Apple Watch's Health app.

Here are some ways your Apple Watch can help you keep your blood pressure and health under control.

Blood pressure monitors compatible with Apple Watch

These five wireless blood pressure monitors sync with your Apple Watch’s Health app.

Omron Evolv Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor ($70): This wearable meter takes clinically accurate readings and has a built-in screen that displays your readings so you don't have to look at your phone screen every time. The Omron BPM syncs to your Apple Watch via Bluetooth using the Omron Connect mobile app.

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor ($130): Provides instant color-coded feedback and creates a graph of all your past measurements for easy tracking in the Health Mate app. You can sync your Withings BPM with your Apple Watch via Bluetooth.

QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor ($89): Geotracking of your readings in different locations. Measures your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and can detect irregular heartbeat. You can set reminders to notify you when it's time to check your blood pressure. Connect your QardioArm BPM to your Apple Watch via Bluetooth.

iHealth Feel Wireless Arm Blood Pressure Monitor ($72): Provides up to 200 offline readings. Displays your systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the iHealth app and lets you know if your reading is normal or above average. The iHealth blood pressure monitor syncs with your Apple Watch via Bluetooth.

Control your blood pressure through exercise

It is known that regular exercise can help keep the heart strong and healthy.

  • Your Apple Watch can count your steps so you know if you're reaching your goal.
  • Your watch can track your heart rate using the sensor on the back to help you stay fit. You'll know you're reaching your goals when your resting heart rate gets lower.
  • You can track your workouts – the watch offers 12 workouts to choose from, or you can start any workout and the watch will automatically recognize it.

While exercising, you can easily monitor your heart rate and set heart rate thresholds that will alert you if your heart rate is too high or too low.

Keep an eye on your heart rate

If you regularly monitor your blood pressure, you probably also want to keep an eye on your heart health. The Apple Watch has FDA clearance for its ECG feature, which tracks your heart rhythm to determine if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib) or another abnormal heart rhythm.

You can use the new ECG app (that's the same as EKG, an electrocardiogram) on your watch after you set up the ECG feature in the Health app. We also recommend importing your Health data so you can stay up to date with any changes.