It is made specifically for an iPhone, iPad or iPod, but it’s also compatible with Android 2.3.3 or later devices. It works in conjunction with the ‘iHealth MyVitals’ app, found on both the App Store and Google Play, which is free to download.
Inside the box you get the wrist monitor, charging cable, travel case, manual, and a quick start guide. The wrist monitor is wireless and works via Bluetooth.
Initial set-up is straight forward – you turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone or device, and pair it. The monitor is very minimal in design with a start/stop button on the top, and a charging port at the bottom. The face has a Bluetooth light indicator, and that’s about it.
When you fire up the app to do a test, it will show you what position your hand needs to be in, and that the monitor should be on the inside of your wrist. Once it’s in the right position, you tap the continue button. It will then feel like you’re in a doctors room, while it does the measurement.
When I first used it, I felt slightly intimidated by it – mostly because I didn’t have a doctor telling me that my blood pressure is “fine” (or not). The results are then displayed on your screen.
I’m no doctor and had to search online for a reference on the readings, and came across this handy chart from www.heart.org. My reading of 110 and 84 means I’m okay. It’s common sense, but best to check with your doctor before diagnosing yourself with anything! I double checked my with my brother in law who is a doctor over Whatsapp initially.
The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor (not to be confused with the regular monitor) retails for R1299 from the iStore, and it’s worth it if you need to check your pressure every so often, whether you are pregnant of have pressure issues.