NICE has assessed the WatchBP Home A device to help the NHS decide whether to use this product.
The WatchBP Home A device measures blood pressure like a normal blood pressure monitor, but at the same time it can detect a condition called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is when the heart beat is irregular and often too fast. NICE has said the WatchBP Home A device is a useful option for people who are having their blood pressure checked in primary care (for example, at a GP surgery or clinic) because it could help to increase the number of people with atrial fibrillation who are diagnosed. If the device suggests that someone has atrial fibrillation, they should also have a test called an ECG (electrocardiogram) to confirm this.
Primary care teams may want to use the WatchBP Home A device. By allowing earlier treatment to prevent atrial fibrillation-related stroke, it is likely to save money overall.
This page was last updated: 01 January 2013