World Hypertension Day, technology against the ‘silent killer’ The economic and political letter of PACA

According to the French Federation of Cardiology, 1.28 billion people suffer from hypertension in 2021, twice as many as in 1990.

This disease, which is characterized by an abnormal increase in blood pressure on the walls of the arteries, is mostly underdiagnosed and called “silent” because it generally has no symptoms. 1 out of 2 hypertensives would not be aware of their condition. On the occasion of World Hypertension Day on May 17, WITHINGS wants to encourage the French to better detect the warning signs of this pathology thanks to its range of connected blood pressure monitors. Easy to use, displaying explicit and contextual data, automatically recording results to reveal trends, these connected blood pressure monitors will better diagnose and prevent disease: BPM Connect and BPM Core.

Hypertension is the leading cause of stroke [1]

Hypertension is the second leading cause of premature death in the West [2]

In France, 1 in 3 adults would be affected and more than 65% of people over 65

Hypertension is responsible for 7 million deaths per year worldwide [3]

Hypertension is expected to affect 1.5 billion people worldwide by 2025 [4]

An underdiagnosed disease

According to new WHO report, and study published in The Lancet, more than 700 million people with hypertension are untreated [5]exposing them directly to cardiovascular diseases.

What about the received ideas around this disease ?

People with hypertension are alerted by the symptoms and do not need a specific diagnosis.

Fake. In the majority of cases, no symptoms are apparent. It is therefore difficult to self-diagnose this phenomenon. However, a few warning signs can alert people with hypertension to seek medical attention for diagnosis. These signals can be characterized by headaches, visual disturbances, concentration disorders and dizziness. Lifestyle also influences the likelihood of a risk of hypertension (cigarettes, alcohol, eating too much fat, too much salt, lack of physical activity, etc.)

By avoiding stress shots, anxious people are not prone to hypertension.

Fake. Passing your driver’s license test, being late for a job interview, missing your train are facts of everyday life that can increase stress and thus increase blood pressure. Once the situation has passed, the tension will drop and will only be temporary. Conversely, in people with hypertension, blood pressure will be constantly on the rise, under stress or not.

Men are more affected than women.

True and false. Men are more prone to high blood pressure. Indeed, they are 10% more than women to contract this disease. However, from a certain age (65 years), women would be more affected because of various events: urinary tract infections, pregnancy, menopause and also quite simply with age.

To diagnose yourself, it is better to have an arm device than a wrist device.

True. A blood pressure monitor measures blood pressure. There are two categories: upper arm blood pressure monitors and wrist blood pressure monitors. To measure your blood pressure, it is recommended by doctors to obtain a device that measures blood pressure in the arm because these devices are placed near the heart, which delivers more reliable results. The wrist blood pressure monitor is less appreciated by health professionals because it requires a position close to the heart and the results can be easily erroneous.

Do you have to worry about it once a year ?

Fake. In order to best diagnose the disease, it is recommended to measure your blood pressure very regularly and to consult your doctor for a diagnosis. The regularity of this grip guarantees better follow-up. Indeed, the consequences of too high blood pressure can be serious: stroke, myocardial infarction, kidney failure, heart valve disease and many other risky events. It is with the aim of avoiding these complications that blood pressure is the measurement most valued by doctors throughout the world.

Connected and medically certified for an even more precise diagnosis

With a view to supporting and preventing health, the connected health leader WITHINGS offers a range of medical CE-certified blood pressure monitors to detect the signs of hypertension as early as possible: the BPM Connect and the BPM Core. These medical devices provide non-invasive, easily transportable and very easy to use solutions, better still they store the data and will automatically average the measurements in order to guarantee truly relevant data.

BPM Connect : Blood pressure monitor connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it allows you to monitor your blood pressure and heart rate with medical precision. The results are immediately available on the device as well as in detailed version from the application. This blood pressure monitor displays the blood pressure level as well as the heart rate. Color-coded results are instantly available on the device.

BPM Core : It is the first 3-in-1 smart blood pressure monitor including EKG and digital stethoscope designed to help users monitor and prevent heart disease. It detects common cardiovascular diseases among people with high blood pressure: atrial fibrillation, as well as the most common forms of heart valve disease through an integrated digital stethoscope.

WITHINGS continues to want to revolutionize the habits of its users through this range of products that will allow them to truly monitor their blood pressure.

According to Etienne Trégaro, product manager at WITHINGS on the category of blood pressure monitors and cellular technologies: “ With the development of the BPM range, our objective is to enable our users to detect any risks of cardiovascular disease as early as possible. Very often asymptomatic, hypertension needs to be detected using specific tools that will facilitate the doctor’s diagnosis. By connecting blood pressure monitors, we make them allies of users so that they deliver truly reliable, explicit and shareable measurements. »


Founded in 2008, WITHINGS is the European leader in connected health. Formed by teams of engineers, experts in data science and health professionals, WITHINGS creates powerful daily health monitoring devices, integrated into design objects and everyday use and equipped with a technology of tip capable of tracking over 20 different parameters. Used by millions of people around the world, WITHINGS smart watches, blood pressure monitors, sleep sensors and scales help individuals regain control of their health, prevent and monitor chronic diseases and detect underdiagnosed conditions.

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