High Blood Pressure And Kidney Disease: Management and Monitoring with Withings BPM Connect
Episode 72: High Blood Pressure And Kidney Disease: Management and Monitoring with Withings BPM Connect. When it comes to protecting your kidney health from kidney disease, there isn't anything more important than managing high blood pressure. And managing high blood pressure starts with KNOWING what your blood pressure is. Your kidneys are made of tiny blood vessels that help remove toxins and waste from your blood. For this to work, your body needs to maintain a specific range of force known as blood pressure. When your blood pressure is not managed, the amount of force used to push the blood through your body is increased. This increased force can damage the filters and blood vessels within your kidneys…leading to further kidney damage and eventually kidney failure. Guess what manages your blood pressure – your kidneys. As they get increasingly damaged, they are less likely to be able to maintain the proper blood pressure, which leads to even more damage, and….well, you see where this is going. This is why it is extremely important to manage your blood pressure to prevent kidney damage (CKD) or kidney failure.
I’ve used a number of home blood pressure monitors, and nothing has come close to the one I use today: The Withings BPM Connect.
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Now I want to be transparent, Withings sent me this for free, but everything I’m saying about it is my own words and opinion. I’ve also been a Withings customer for a long time – they make awesome scales and I have one in my bathroom which I use nearly every day. I do NOT receive any commission for purchases of the Withings BPM Connect.
Withings BPM Connect Blood Pressure Monitor Review:
Let’s now talk about some of the cool features of the Withings BPM Connect:
• It’s wireless!
• USB port charges the built-in rechargeable battery of the blood pressure monitor
• The USB port is a standard port – no expensive proprietary cables to lose.
• It truly is portable – and I travel a lot, so portability is important for me.
• It’s wireless, and not just Bluetooth. It also has built-in WiFi. This means you can take your blood pressure without having your phone next to you and it stills syncs!
• Let’s talk about syncing – it using the Withings Health Mate app – the same app I have been using with my Withings scale. Each morning I weigh myself and my scale syncs via wifi, and each time I use the Withings BPM Connect to check my blood pressure, it syncs over wifi to the exact same app.
• The app is super easy to use, is very visual, syncs with my Apple Health app, AND even lets me share my health report with my doctor.
• Syncing reliably is critical – I’ve used so many other blood pressure monitors that required my phone right next to the big bulky machine and they wouldn’t always sync. Bad syncing will discourage you from taking your blood pressure consistently and we need that consistency to manage our blood pressure, our kidneys are counting on it. I absolutely love that the Withings BPM Connect syncs via Bluetooth and Wifi – it has never missed syncing.
This little guy is the perfect blood pressure monitor for kidney health. It’s small, lightweight doesn’t have some big box with power cables and tubes, and it last for months and months on a single charge. You can even fit it in your backpack or heck, your pocket! The app is great and it’s easy to share your results with your health care team.
All kidney patients have to monitor and manage their blood pressure. Having a device at home to do that isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. I continue to take my blood pressure multiple times a day just to make sure my prescriptions are working correctly. I’ve also been able to reduce some of my dosages as I’ve lost weight and improved my health since being diagnosed.
IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician's advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.
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