Braun has launched two new blood pressure monitors to help make home blood pressure monitoring almost as easy as tracking your daily step count. The simple colour coding shows at a glance if your blood pressure is at an acceptable level, and shows how it is trending over time, and provide motivation to keep your blood pressure under control.
- The new Braun iCheck 7 is a wrist blood pressure monitor.
- The new Braun ActivScan 9 is an upper arm blood pressure monitor.
These two new blood pressure monitors will show how the positive changes you’re making to your diet and lifestyle are moving you towards the ‘green light’ for your heart. Both Braun blood pressure monitors are available from Boots.
Braun iCheck 7 (BPW4500) review
The new Braun iCheck 7 wrist blood pressure monitor comes with a quick-start guide so you can get your first reading within a minute or two of opening the box.
The easy-open cuff fits readily around your wrist so the monitor sits alongside your arm, making it really easy to read. Then, you position the monitor at the right angle, using a smart ‘ball in the hole’ system digital motif that guides your arm into the correct position. This ensures the monitor is at the same level as your heart to obtain the most accurate blood pressure readings.
Inflation is quick and the result is colour-coded with a green heart (normal blood pressure), a yellow heart (mild hypertension), an orange heart (moderate hypertension) or a red heart (severe hypertension). This tells you at a glance whether or not your blood pressure reading is within the normal range. Your pulse rate is also shown.
The Braun iCheck 7 wrist monitor weighs just 125g and is easily portable – although the only case provided is the sturdy, square blue box with flip lid in which it is sold. An extra cloth bag would be great!
You could, however, easily slip the monitor into a plastic bag and carry it in your handbag or briefcase to monitor your blood pressure during the day if necessary.
The iCheck 7 is accurate to within a blood pressure reading of +/- 3 mmHg, and can store up to 100 readings for one person.
The Braun iCheck 7 blood pressure monitor uses two AAA batteries which are included and easy to fit.
Recommended price is £99.99. Check current price at Boots.com.
Braun ActivScan 9 (BUA7200) review
The new Braun ActivScan 9 is an arm blood pressure monitor which is ideal for home use and stores readings for two people. The initial set-up involves turning a navigation wheel and pressing to record the date, time and input your name, but then you’re ready to go. Open the unique, custom-made cuff using the pinch grip and fit it around your upper arm. This is so much easier to do, one-handed, than wrapping around an old-fashioned cuff!
The Braun ActivScan 9 also uses soft inflate technology making it more comfortable during use.
Once your blood pressure result is obtained, the reading is colour-coded as green, yellow, orange or red so you can interpret your readings at a glance. The monitor also stores your blood pressure readings and can display them on a dynamic interface so you can see how the readings are changing over time.
In the image shown, readings started off in the red range, then came down through amber and yellow into the green range, for example through a combination of antihypertensive medication plus the DASH diet and lifestyle changes such as cutting back on salt, relaxation and breathing exercises.
You can also review your blood pressure as it changes over the day, the week or the month, see your average for the previous week, or compare this month’s results with those from last month, for example.
The Braun ActivScan 9 dynamic user interface is intuitive to use and the full colour display is simple to control with a navigation wheel and soft touch buttons.
The ActivScan 9 monitor is accurate to within a blood pressure reading of +/- 3 mmHg and can store up to 200 readings per user. It also has an irregular heartbeat detection system to alert you to heart rhythm abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation.
The universal cuff is designed to fit an upper arm circumference of from 22cm to 42 cm (9-17 inch). The unit weighs around 610g and comes in a sturdy, blue flip top box for easy storage. This is perfect for sitting on a desk at home, or a bedside table.
Recommended price is £149.99. See current price at Boots.com.
The Braun iActivScan 9 blood pressure monitor uses four AA batteries which are included and easy to fit.
Braun Healthy Heart App
Both monitors can sync with the free Braun healthy heart app on your phone or tablet and display all your blood pressure readings using charts and graphs.
The App lets you log your sleep, diet, stress and exercise each day to build up a larger picture of your wellbeing.
The results will help both you and your doctor see how your blood pressure is changing over time.