iHealth Blood Pressure Dock review

iHealth Blood Pressure Dock review

The iHealth Dock is the perfect accessory for any iPhone or iPad owner who wants or needs to measure their blood pressure or heart rate.

Mobile Nations Fitness Month: Read all the reviews!The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock works with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to help health conscious individuals or families better and more easily keep track of their blood pressure and heart rate. It consists of both the accessory itself, which includes the dock, a cuff, and charging and connecting cords, and an App Store app, iHealth BPM, that allows you to test, track, graph, and share your blood pressure and heart rate.

Setup is easy. You plug the dock into to charge, and either use it while plugged in, or let it charge and then take anywhere you need to go. The mobility is excellent. Once you've downloaded the app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, plug your iPhone into the dock and place the cuff around your arm. You want the cuff roughly at the level of your heart. (I do my ZEN and TECH-style deep breathing whenever I take measurements to make sure my stress level doesn't overly affect the results.)

Just tap the button on the app to start. The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock will tell you the range of your results, and it's very easy to share the information if you so choose. It's also very easy to review your history and you can even graph the results to help you better visualize them.

Setting up iHealth is incredibly easy. Just plug in the dock, wrap on the cuff, and tap the button on the app.

The cuff measures using the oscillometric method, with automatic inflation up to pressure levels of 295mmHg, measurement ranges of 45-250mmHg, and with an accuracy of ±3mmHg. Pulse range is 40-180 beats per minute with an accuracy of ±5%. That's good enough for me for home use (but if you have any concerns, please check with your doctor).

As with any accessory, you only get out of it what you put into it. I left the iHealth Blood Pressure Dock in the bathroom so it was easy to see and I was reminded to use it before I brush my teeth. Creating good habits is important.

For anyone that's hypertensive or has high blood pressure or a heart condition, it's a wonderful accessory.

The iHealth BPM app lets you effortlessly run tests, track results for you and your family, and share with your health-care professional.

iHealth also shows just how powerful our iPhones and iPads can be, opening up access to technology that used to be only available at health-care facilities. Their ease of use and their ability to display information enables us to do more right at home than ever before. I'm really, really excited to see just how far these types of accessories can be taken, and how far our iPhones and iPads can take us.

The good

  • Easy to setup, easy to use
  • Companion app is excellent
  • Measures heart rate as well
  • Warns you if measurements are in unhealthy range
  • Dock doubles as charger

The bad

  • Cuff cord is too short

The bottom line

The iHealth Dock is the perfect accessory for any iPhone or iPad owner who wants or needs to measure their blood pressure or heart rate. If you have a medial condition or stress-related issues, or you know someone who does, the iHealth Dock and its companion app are definitely something you should consider.

$89.23 - Buy now

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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iHealth Blood Pressure Dock review

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An iPhone app developed for a very good reason. Its a must app for everyone who owes an iPhone. Smart App for a smart, healthy living.

The price is about right. A decent top brand BP runs about $80.00. The cord is way too short, and it works with the 30 pin connector, which will mean an adaptor down the line if Apple changes.

I just picked one of these up at a local Walgreens. I paid $99 for it but it WAS covered under my flex spending account.

The price surprising isn't that bad. Cord may not be that bad if the dock was on the end of a table with a chair right next to it, should have been twice that length.

The cord for the cuff is similar in length to one I have for a regular BP Monitor. I just wish there was a way to have one that is a regular automatic monitor and have the option to connect it to the iPhone/iPad for data option.

I'm new here, so pardon my forwardness.
I have a different opinion of the iHealth BPM. I bought one last December and at first liked it, but even after a v2.0 software update I find the app has major shortcomings. The built-in graphing and listing of the data is terrible, and has not changed since the previous v1.x. That wouldn't be so bad if they had improved the data export capabilities so I could graph it in something like a spreadsheet but, here too, I find the software wanting. Check the reviews on the AppStore (around Jan. 1st for the previous versions).
I still use the device, but would think twice before buying it if I had to do it all over again. They just don't seem responsive to bringing their software up to the level of many of the stand-alone BP monitoring (actually, "logging") apps out there. I sure wish they would.
Regards.

I have a machine that records my Bp much higher than the doctors machine. If I buy this one, does it allow you to modify the readings to make it in sync with the doctors medical device? If so, then I would get it.

I think its a brilliant idea actually, to make taking blood pressure and logging it extremely simple. I already have an existing machine to measure my blood pressure and i used Health Tracker Pro for logging. Its an extra step. This makes the process simpler. just plug it in, measure, and it logs it automatically. i would definitely get one if my existing machine malfunction. :)

Another option is the Withings cuff that connects to the iphone via its wire (no dock) and uses internal batteries. Works well, costs more ($129) and its iphone/ipad app allows monitoring of BP and weight if you use their wifi scale. I have both and it is helpful in tracking long term progress.

This device saved my life about two months ago. Picked up one and was shocked to see my bp was 220/134 went straight to hospital to recheck bp and it was right. Was admitted for 2 days to lower bp also kidneys were starting to fail do to extreme bp. All is good now but the doctor says that picking up this device and giving it a test clearly saved my life.

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