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Watching your blood pressure?

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Time to throw away your notebooks, we recently launched a new free website feature to log your blood pressure! You can now use Fitbit.com to log your systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) pressure on a daily basis and we’ll graph this data for you. Tracking your BP is especially important if you have high blood pressure or have been diagnosed with hypertension, and is a principal vital sign (along with body temperature, respiratory rate and pulse).

Being able to easily view daily results can not only indicate how well blood pressure medication is working, but is also a good way for you to take part in actively managing your health.  Combine BP logging with the Fitbit journal feature to keep notes on medication changes.

Head over to the tracker section of the site and enter your pressure readings – don’t forget to set the time of day, especially if you are monitoring twice a day or more.  There are several variables to getting an accurate reading at home, so make sure you follow the recommendations of your physician.
Normal blood pressure range?  Great! Just log your pressure each time you visit the doctor to stay on track.

Looking for further motivation to keep your blood pressure under control?  Check out the 120/80 Blood Pressure or less without Drugs group.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Ron Palmer permalink
    August 6, 2010

    Nice addition to the fitbit. Is it possible to print out the readings over a set period. My MD wants a to see it. Thanks

  2. August 19, 2010

    Helpful stuff. Blood pressure and hypertension have been interests of mine for a long time, and I think that a solid, holistic approach is overall the most promising. You have to eat healthy, exercise, and regularly watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and then things should be not too hard. We have lots of info on all that on our site, everyone interested is welcome to take a look.

  3. September 11, 2010

    Even cooler would be to have some of this data be pushed into a PHR like Google Health. Can Fitbit do that?

  4. Mike Sargent permalink
    September 16, 2010

    I agree, being able to e-mail or print a record of readings would be useful for your doctor. I’m currently using one of the Apps for the iPad, which easily facilitates this feature and gives you a range of options for charting.

  5. December 15, 2010

    I use fitbit love it but use a spiral bound blood pressure log good for a year, I got it off amazon to record my BP it is easier to show my doctor. That way I can prove to him I am just nervous why I see the white coat and normally I have a great blood pressure.

  6. February 20, 2013

    I would also like to see a BP report on my weekly email. It can be set up so that if a person is tracking their BP and Heart Rate, those two sets of information are also tracked in the weekly report.

    I gave my doctor a copy of my last week report to encourage him to recommend Fitbit to other patients. That was one of the things he asked me.

  7. Jamie permalink
    May 18, 2013

    I love all the fitbit devices and I love the addition of the BP tracking on the we page. Does fitbit have a bloodpressure cuff in the works? One that links with your WIFI just like the scale. I was going to get one from iHealth, but it’d be nice to have all my info on the same website.

  8. Stephen Stewart MD permalink
    June 22, 2013

    I think this is a great idea, but it needs more.

    One of the hardest things for me to get patients to do, besides exercise, is check their BP regularly. Fitbit could change that, if you do it right. You HAVE to use a machine that links automatically like the Trackers and Aria. Add the extra step of logging and half of your potential users will now never start because it’s just “one more thing” in their hectic lives. You will also have much higher attrition amongst those who actually do start the program.

  9. BrianG permalink
    January 19, 2014

    Would love to be able to export a BP report…such as an excel spreadsheet etc…

  10. John permalink
    November 20, 2014

    Not seeing this on the tracking site. Has this feature been removed?

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