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What is Blood Pressure Software?

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  • Written By: Alex Tree
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 16 November 2018
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Blood pressure software consists of programs that keep track of the user’s blood pressure statistics. Depending on the software, it may also chart each reading, remind the user to check his or her blood pressure, and print detailed reports for the user’s doctor. Some blood pressure tracking programs can also synchronize themselves to the user’s smartphone to data when a computer is not available. This software is usually targeted toward people wanting to monitor their blood pressure at home rather than in a hospital setting.

Like with most software, the features of different types of blood pressure software differ from one to another. Some programs are quite limited, only keeping a simple graph of the user’s blood pressure ratings. Others are much more detailed, with the abilities to insert custom or pre-written notes, monitor heart rate, and notice trends. Some programs can only be used on a computer or a smartphone, though some programs are designed for both. The ease of use can also differ, with some blood pressure software having extra-large text for those with poor eyesight.

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The cost of blood pressure software varies, usually depending on how polished and capable the program is. Some programs offer a free trial so that the user can determine if he or she is satisfied with the features. Free blood pressure software is available, but it is not unusual for free programs to open pay-per-click ads or repeatedly ask the user to purchase the program. In addition, free programs may not have as many features as a paid a version.

Blood pressure software is sometimes purchased along with a blood pressure monitoring device. This software is usually installed onto a computer via a compact disc that came with the device. When the user takes his or her blood pressure with the monitoring device, the device stores the data so that it can later be uploaded onto a computer. The user can connect the device’s universal serial sus (USB) connector to his or her computer and download the information to detect trends and create charts. In most cases, this information can also be printed out in graph form to show to a doctor.

Tracking blood pressure is most beneficial when the numbers are accurate. Low-quality blood pressure monitoring devices may not give accurate ratings, so it is usually helpful to compare the device used at home with the one used at a doctor’s office. If the numbers are the same or extremely close, both the user and doctor can benefit from the data entered into the blood pressure software.

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