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Frequently asked questions about BPM Core
What is BPM Core?
BPM Core is the first blood pressure monitor that can take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and listen to the heart via a digital stethoscope in one measurement. With one simple, daily gesture, users can now monitor their blood pressure but also early detect two heart conditions: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and valvular heart diseases.BPM Core will be available for purchase in Q2 2019 for $249.95.
How does BPM Core work?
BPM Core adds more cardiovascular health insights to a daily blood pressure measurement at home in just 90 seconds. It also records an electrocardiogram with two stainless-steel electrodes located inside the cuff, and one on the tube, and, analyses heart sounds thanks to a digital stethoscope with a silicone membrane and a stainless-steel support located against the user’s chest during the measurement.
Should I use BPM Core if I wear a pacemaker?
No, you should not use BPM Core if you wear a pacemaker or other internal medical device. BPM Core circulates a small electrical signal in your body to measure your electrocardiogram (ECG), which may interfere with a pacemaker or other medical device.
Is BPM Core FDA/CE cleared?
BPM Core is currently under review to be FDA/CE cleared.
What is the difference between BPM & BPM Core?
BPM Core has a Wi-Fi connection and includes an LED matrix screen to give you instant feedback directly on the device.
Also, BPM Core is the first at-home device that can measure blood pressure, take an electrocardiogram, and listen to the heart via a digital stethoscope in one measurement.
What size arm does BPM Core fit?
BPM Core is intended for an arm circumference from 9 inches to 17 inches (22-42cm).
Who should use BPM Core?
All users that would like to follow their blood pressure and get more insights about their heart health with a simple measurement. BPM Core detects Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and valvular heart diseases, two serious conditions that are related to hypertension.
Do I need to open the Health Mate app to use BPM Core?
You need to use the Health Mate app to set up your device and do your first measurement, but the app is not required afterward. Moreover, the Health Mate app allows users to follow their blood pressure and share their numbers with their practitioners.
How does the measurement work?
The measurement is done in two stages: first the blood pressure measurement, and second the ECG and stethoscope measurement, for which users need to place their hand on the metal electrode.
Can I share my data with family or doctor?
Yes, the process is quite easy in the Health Mate app. Furthermore, it is important to share the ECG record, in case the device detects a risk of atrial fibrillation.
How does it measure the blood pressure?
BPM Core has a cuff part that we will be placed on your left upper arm. The cuff contains a bladder that will inflate to measure the pressure in arteries and give a Systolic and Diastolic blood pressure result.
Can I decide to do the blood pressure measurement only?
Yes, if you don’t place your hand on the electrode, the device won’t do the second measurement part with digital stethoscope and ECG.
BPM Core - Frequently asked questions about electrocardiogram (ECG)
What is an electrocardiogram (ECG)?
An ECG is the record of the electrical activity of the heart through electrodes.
How BPM Core measure an ECG?
BPM Core is recording a one lead ECG, thanks to two electrodes located inside the cuff, and one electrode located on the tube.
Is it a medically approved measurement?
Yes, BPM Core is under review to be FDA/CE cleared.
Why have you decided to integrate an ECG into a blood pressure monitor?
With BPM Core, we wanted our users to get a chance to detect Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), that is very prevalent, often asymptomatic and complicated to diagnose in the early stage. AFib could be paroxysmal and users may not be in AFib when they go to their cardiologist even if they felt some palpitations the week before.
A strong link has been established between high blood pressure and AFib. Accordingly to European Society of Cardiology, hypertension predisposes to cardiac arrhythmias, including ventricular arrhythmias, but most commonly Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which should be considered a manifestation of hypertensive heart disease. Even high blood pressure is associated with incident AFib, and hypertension is the most prevalent concomitant in AFib patients.
BPM Core - Frequently asked questions about digital stethoscope
How does the digital stethoscope work?
A digital stethoscope has been placed on the outer part of the cuff so that it will be in contact with the side of the chest when the BPM Core is placed on the left upper arm. The device will listen to heart sounds for 20 seconds and detect if there is a risk of valvular heart disease.
It is a medically-approved measurement?
This measurement is a big innovation and will be reviewed with the BPM Core by the FDA and CE.
What can I learn from this measurement and how can I act on it?
The BPM Core tells users if there is a risk that they could have valvular heart disease, and encourage them to visit their cardiologist. The earliest the disease is diagnosed, the better the cardiologist can follow the evolution and eventually plan a surgery when needed.
BPM Core - Frequently asked questions about valvular heart disease
What is valvular heart disease?
Valvular heart disease is characterized by damage to or a defect in one of the heart valves. Normally functioning valves ensure that blood flows with proper force in the proper direction at the proper time. In valvular heart disease, the valves become too narrow and hardened (stenotic) to open fully, or are unable to close completely (insufficiency).
What are the symptoms of valvular heart disease?
Patients can have no symptoms but have valve disease. When symptoms occur, they are similar to those associated with heart failures, such as shortness of breath, swelling of the feet, chest pain, or palpitations.
Is anyone concerned about valvular heart disease?
Valvular heart diseases are frequent conditions as populations are getting older. It has an average prevalence of 2.5% but rises sharply with age, going from 0.3% for people aged from 18 to 44 years and going to 10% for people over 65.
BPM Core - Frequently asked questions about Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?
AFib is the most frequent form of heart rhythm disorder, it can lead to heart failure and it is a major risk for stroke. Normally, when your heart contracts it regularly and completely drains the blood, but when it contracts irregularly, some blood can stagnate, which can lead to blood clot and strokes.
What are the main risk factors?
AFib is a frequent condition as populations are getting older. High blood pressure and obesity can also lead to AFib.
What are the symptoms of AFib?
Some people who have AFib don't know they have it and don't have any symptoms. Others may experience one or more of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, palpitations, shortness of breath.
Is there any correlation between blood pressure and AFib?
A strong link has been established between high blood pressure and AFib. Accordingly to European Society of Cardiology, hypertension predisposes to cardiac arrhythmias, including ventricular arrhythmias, but most commonly atrial fibrillation (AFib), which should be considered a manifestation of hypertensive heart disease. Even high blood pressure is associated with incident AFib, and hypertension is the most prevalent concomitant in AFib patients.