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QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor Review
      #49112 - 02/12/16 09:16 PM

The QardioArm is a portable blood pressure monitor that changes the way we measure and monitor our blood pressure and heart rate data. Its small size, built-in wireless and the accompanying app make it possible to collect and monitor blood pressure and heart conditions anywhere; and it can even track the locations where you measure your blood pressure and heart rate. It's clinically validated and measures systolic, diastolic blood pressure, heart rate as well as detects irregular heartbeats. The QardioArm comes in seven solid colors and it works with any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.


The QardioArm looks like a high-tech gadget rather than a piece of medical equipment. The small size, 5.5 x 2.7 x 1.5 inches, means you can slip it in your jacket pocket or a purse; and the seven color options give it a sporty look. Though it's small when the arm cuff is wrapped up, the cuff size fits 8.7" to 14.6" size arms. The design makes the QardioArm very easy to use: pull the tab on the metal ring to unwrap the cuff, put the QardioArm on your upper arm and hit the "Start" button on the QardioArm app to get your blood pressure and heart rate readings. The QardioArm has no control buttons as everything is managed by the QardioArm app on your phone or tablet wirelessly. On one end of the QardioArm, you'll find a battery cover where you can change the batteries when they run out. A reset hole also lives on the battery cover and you can poke it to reset the wireless pairing partners.


The QardioArm has built-in Bluetooth and supports NFC pairing with iOS devices that run iOS 7.0 or later and Android devices that run Android 4.4 KitKat or later. It also supports Apple Health and works with the Apple Watch. Pairing it with an iPhone 6s is a breeze, just touch the QardioArm with your iPhone and they're paired. Pull open the arm cuff to turn on the QardioArm and wrap it up to put it to sleep. In our tests, we found that the monitor took a bit longer to "wake up" from sleep than you'd expect from a Bluetooth device. It can pair with up to 8 smartphones/tablets. The reason for pairing the QardioArm with your phone or tablet is that you must install the free QardioArm App in order to use the monitor. However, the app doesn't just start the blood pressure monitor, it does much more.

The QardioArm App saves all your measurements and can share the data with your family, your doctor as well as other devices and services via Apple HealthKit and healthcare services. It can remind you to take your blood pressure, average multiple measurements, email your data to your doctor and geo-tag where you take the measurements for whose who track their blood pressure and heart rate data during running, hiking and other exercise and training. It has organized ways to present the data it stores, including monthly activity view, graphs of your data, showing you where your blood pressure rank against the World Health Organization's guidelines. The QardioArm uses four AAA batteries and the claimed battery life is one year. The QardioArm App can notify you when the battery on the monitor is running low.


In today's technology marketing lingo, the word "revolutionary" is being excessively used. But in this case, the QardioArm has indeed changed the way we monitor our blood pressure and heart rate and conditions because it can go anywhere with you and the app allows it to do so much more than just gather the basic data. As the device supports Apple Health and other medical services, it's likely there'll be more ways to utilize the data it gathers and stores. For serious athletes, Qardio offers QardioCore electrocardiogram monitor, a small wearable that can track and analyze your cardiac conditions even more accurately and thoroughly. But if you need to keep track of your blood pressure and heart rate at home, in the office or on the road, the QardioArm is the best solution to date with its high accuracy, compact form and smart app for iOS and Android devices.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Compact and light, easy to use, comes with an app that does more than just take blood pressure.
What's Not: Bluetooth "wake up" time is a bit too long.
Price: $99
Website: Qardio

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang



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