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Doctors issue health warning against blood pressure apps

Doctors issue health warning against blood pressure apps
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Do you or a loved one use blood pressure tracking apps? Depending on what kind you're using, you could be getting unreliable or wildly inaccurate readings.

Admittedly, these apps are easier and much more comfortable to use than that awful cuff at the doctor's office, but what you don't know about these apps can kill you.

Doctors have recently issued a warning against these blood pressure tracking apps. One reason is because they had no idea that these kinds of apps were so popular - they've been downloaded between 900,000 and 2.4 million times. Another reason is because less than 3% of these apps were developed with the help of healthcare agencies.

Are you worried yet? You should be. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs in one of every three U.S. adults. High blood pressure is also called the "silent killer" because it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke but has no warning signs.

Next page: Find out which of the apps you can trust. 
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