Obesity is when the Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 30. BMI is an indicator of person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. When a person is obese, her/his heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body, resulting in high blood pressure or hypertension.
In order to keep the body’s functioning normal, the heart pumps blood through the body in order to allow the oxygen to circulate and reach every organ. When the quantity of fat in the body is over the normal interval, the heart will redouble the effort resulting in more presure on the heart’s arteries and this is where the potentially fatal connection between obesity and hypertension resides. Together, obesity and hypertension combine to create a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly half of adults in the United States (108 million, or 45%) have hypertension defined as a systolic blood pressure ≥ 130 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure ≥ 80 mm Hg or are taking medication for hypertension. Only about 1 in 4 adults (24%) with hypertension have their condition under control”. According to the same source, 42.5% of adults aged 20 and over suffer from obesity, emphasizing the correlation between the two diseases.
Having hypertension and obesity under control is one of the primary goals of SIFSOF’s telehealth project. The company’s research and development team has come up with the ultimate package to grant continuous 24/7 monitoring of the patient’s condition.
The packs contain 3 essential connected devices:
(1) Bluetooth-connected blood pressure monitor SIFBPM-3.4. This BPM allows the user to easily monitor their blood pressure either at home or at the office while being able to transfer and save all the data to their phone where the APP is installed.
(2) Smart Bluetooth scale: If the patient’s body weight corresponds to the accurate BMI, then he or she is in a healthy weight and would better work to maintain it that way. Obesity is one of the major factors that can easily cause multiple complications in the hypertension patient’s body.
(3) Smartwatch SIFWATCH-1.0 or the smart wristband SMARTWATCH-1.2: The smartwatch has lab-tested sensors that provide continuous measurement, and henceforth monitoring, of blood pressure, blood oxygen, abnormal heart rate, and stress levels.
The devices in the pack are all Bluetooth-connected in order to help the patients to keep a well-organized record of the measurement, which can, later on, be used as diagnostic reports by the doctors.