In a world increasingly driven by data, one’s own health can also be documented more and more extensively in figures. In smartphones, the gadgets, powered by all kinds of sensors, collect true data treasures.
BPM Core sees itself as an egg-laying woolly milk sow with regard to the measurement of one’s own cardiovascular health. What at first glance looks like an extravagant blood pressure monitor for the upper arm is not only just that, but also works as a 3-in-1 device as an ECG and digital stethoscope. In this way, not only systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as heart rate can be detected, but potentially also cardiac arrhythmias in the form of atrial fibrillation. BPM Core can also detect heart valve disease.
A doctor does not want and cannot replace the device. But especially those who suffer from pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, should measure and document blood pressure anyway – and are a candidate for possible consequential damage to these diseases that BPM Core could detect. This can give the impetus to seek further clarification at an early stage.
BPM Core in review: Valuable hardware, well thought-out app
Made of ABS plastic, stainless steel and fabric, the BPM Core weighs a proud 430 grams. The setup is done quickly – with a small “but”: The device can be used in its basic functions without the free HealthMate app, but the first commissioning requires the installation of the app and the creation of a Withings account.
The first generation of Withings blood pressure monitors only showed the readings in the smartphone app, a cable connection between smartphone and meter was a must. Today, everything works wirelessly – and thanks to a matrix of white LEDs, the values can also be read immediately, clearly and clearly directly on the device. There, the measurements can also be assigned to users individually by swiping movements. A BPM Core can be shared with the whole family.
Withings BPM Core: How the measurement works
- A measurement should always be carried out after having been rested at least 5 minutes before.
- Sit comfortably without slapping your legs on top of each other. Support the feet flat on the floor, back and arms.
- BPM Core on the left upper arm. To do this, open the Velcro fastener and gently close it back on the arm. The pipe should point towards the inside of the arm. Important: The arm must be unclothed and the electrodes inside the cuff must have direct skin contact. The stethoscope must be placed next to the chest.
- BPM Core. Then press the button used to switch on again to start the measurement. Do not speak or move during the measurement process.
- When the blood pressure measurement is complete, you are asked to put a finger on the electrode on the device – it then automatically starts the ECG and heart tone measurement.
- The result is displayed directly on the device and can be assigned to a user there. The measurement data is transmitted in the background in Withing’s “HealthMate” cloud and is available both on the network under https://healthmate.withings.com available for retrieval in the app.
- The measuring time varies slightly depending on the blood pressure, a complete measurement run lasted on average just under one minute.
Up to eight measurements are cached. There is no need to have a Wi-Fi or smartphone nearby to document the data without any gaps. The latter happens fully automatically in the background – and is arguably the biggest plus point of blood pressure monitors with app connectivity. Communication is via WLAN, but Bluetooth is also available as a fallback. From the app, the measurement data can then be exported as PDF, for example, in order to take it to the next doctor’s meeting.
In addition to the app, which also collects and merges readings from other Withings devices and serves as an interface to Apple’s health app, the battery deserves special praise. Despite several measurement operations per day, this did not run empty during the test phase of several weeks – this is in line with the manufacturer’s statement, which promises a battery life of up to 6 months. It is a pity, however, that the BPM-Core device has to be charged via an outdated micro-USB jack. Here, USB-C would have been the better choice.
Withings BPM Connect: The Cheap Alternative
Medical certification proves the measurement accuracy of the BPM Core. Such certification also has significantly cheaper devices – even from our own company.
BPM Core is the flagship for cardiovascular measurement in the four walls. But the many functions of the device also come at a high price. The small sister model called BPM Connect costs less than half, which is an exciting alternative for many chronically ill people. For 100 Euros you get the blood pressure measurement functions of the BPM Core, but then you have to do without the digital stethoscope and the ECG function. In particular, those who already own an Apple Watch from Series 4 with integrated ECG would purchase the corresponding functionality twice with the purchase of the BPM Core anyway.
Withings BPM Core – Intelligent blood pressure monitor with ECG function and digital stethoscope
Withings BPM Connect – Intelligent Wi-Fi Blood Pressure Monitor
BPM Core: The conclusion of the test
More luxury in terms of cardiovascular self-measurement is not possible at the moment, chronically ill people are making everyday life easier. At the latest, if the device is used in individual cases for the early detection of diseases,
|Requirements||from iOS 10 and Android 6|