Withings is releasing two new wireless blood pressure monitors, the BPM Core and BPM Connect, one of which is a bit more than just a BP cuff. As always, the French company has given a lot of attention to the design of these cuffs, giving them a user-friendly, comfortable look.
The BPM Connect is a fairly traditional BP cuff, though it does sync with a smartphone to allow users to see their readings and store them for the future. It measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as heart rate.
The BPM Core, though, is a pretty impressive new device, which can take electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings as part of a blood pressure screening, and be used as a stethoscope. Using the technology, it is possible to detect cardiac arrhythmias, including some cases of atrial fibrillation (AFib), valvular heart disease, and other conditions. The comprehensive test, which includes the blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG takes less than a minute and a half, and the results can be easily shared with one’s physician. The stethoscope recordings can also be quickly sent over.
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