With the BP2, CheckMe come with an accurate, compact, and easy-to-use blood pressure monitor that doubles as a single-lead electrocardiogram. When paired with the ViHealth App, the BP2 is a reliable device for checking blood pressure at home. A solid choice and a well-priced device.
BP2 by CheckMe
Price when reviewed: $99.00
Monitoring your blood pressure regularly is key to staying healthy. According to the new guidelines set forth by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, a reading above 120/80 mmHg (systolic, diastolic) puts you in the high blood pressure category.
If this is your case, you are not alone. The CDC estimate that nearly 1 in 2 Americans suffer from hypertension and are a risk of severe health consequences, including heart diseases or strokes.
Even more concerning is the fact that according to the World Health Organization, 46% of the people suffering from high blood pressure are unaware of their condition, putting them at even greater risk of suffering from the consequences of hypertension.
Somehow, with the advancement of technology, measuring your blood pressure at home has never been as easy. There is no need to go to the doctor and pay a hefty bill to check your blood pressure. Instead, smartwatches and home blood pressure monitors are available for a reasonable price. However, with so many blood pressure monitors on the market, picking one that will combine the three key attributes: reliable, easy to use, and reasonably priced can be challenging.
In our constant search for the best blood pressure monitors, we reviewed the CheckMe BP2. This innovative device will help check for blood pressure and offer the possibility to record and analyze a single-lead electrocardiogram.
Knowing more about the manufacturer is always critical when choosing a medical device.
What about CheckMe?
To understand why CheckMe products are so reliable, it is critical to understand the company’s organizational structure. CheckMe is not a manufacturer but a brand owned by Shenzhen Viatom Technology, the home medical device arm of the Pharmaceutical and Technological giant Lepu Medical.
Lepu Medical is one of China’s most prominent medical technology companies whose activities and products range from oximeters, cardiovascular products, and surgical instruments up to Covid-19 tests. With a market capitalization close to $5 billion, getting a product from this company is the assurance that you are dealing with high-tech products designed and manufactured by a proper medical giant.
What is in the box?
The BP2 comes in a good quality box made of thick cardboard. Inside you will find:
- The BP2
- The Warranty card (the device comes with a one-year warranty peri)
- A quick user guide
- A more comprehensive guide that details all the features of the device
- A USB-C cable
The BP2 is both a BP monitor and an EKG in a wireless and portable format. With a size of 5.31” x 1.78” x 0.79” and weighing 8.47oz, the BP2 comes with a bright OLED Screen and just two buttons that allow controlling the features intuitively and easily.
The BP2 won the RedDot Design 2022. The “Red Dot” award is one of the most significant distinctions in design and is regarded as one of the top three design awards in the world. It is a symbol of high design excellence.
The BP2 comes with a standard upper arm cuff that can be set to fit arms from 8.66″-16.54″. While testing it, we found that it was equally usable for thin women and bigger men’s arms. The cuff is attached with scratches and stays well in place. Good to know is that the cuff is latex-free and will not induce any allergic reaction.
The two extremities of the BP2 body are made of metal and are used as electrodes during the single lead EKG measurements.
The Lithium rechargeable battery is given for up to 500 blood pressure measurements—no need to say that we did not empty it despite our extensive tests. The battery recharges a USB-C cable that is provided with the device.
Overall, the BP2 rectangular shape and compact design should satisfy any user, and the lightweight device makes it perfect when traveling.
The ViHealth as the control center of the BP2
When setting up the VP2, we suggest first downloading the ViHealth App available for iOS or Android. This App, developed by Viatom, acts as the control center of all of the connected devices of the brand.
Ensure that your Bluetooth is turned on on your phone, and the App should detect the BP2 automatically. You will then be asked to enter standard information such as your email, gender, weight, and height.
Each time the BP2 and the App are launched, the data from the BP2 will be automatically synchronized with the App. It is somehow not mandatory to have your phone next to you when measuring your blood pressure or recording an EKG, as the device contains a built-in memory that can store up to 50 data points before needing to be synchronized with the App.
From the App, you will have access to blood pressure and EKG data, which is very convenient when willing to share the data with your doctor, which can help us better diagnose a potential condition or monitor the effectiveness of a treatment on lowering blood pressure.
We liked the fact that the blood pressure measurements are superimposed on a chart summarizing the recommendation of the authorities when it comes to hypertension thresholds. This table is handy when you are unsure if you are suffering from hypertension and need to consult your doctor.
Measuring Blood Pressure and/or EKG with the CheckMe BP2
Starting a blood pressure measurement on the BP2 could not be simpler. Just wrap the cuff around your left arm, approximately 1-2 thumbs up from the elbow, and press the orange button, and it only takes 20 to 30 seconds to get a reading. In addition, the BP2 is FDA cleared, which is crucial when buying a blood pressure monitor and ensuring its quality.
We checked the accuracy of the results with a renowned Omron blood pressure monitor and found the results to be very close. As we mentioned, the results will be stored both in the device’s built-in memory.
Recording an electrocardiogram can also help check for potential arrhythmia. Numerous devices such as the AliveCor or even the Apple Watch, Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Charge 5, and the Galaxy Watch 4 provide such features. Combining an EKG with a blood pressure device is somehow an excellent idea and can help detect Atrial Fibrillation.
It only takes 30 seconds to collect the heart’s electrical signals. Just hold both extremities of the device to close the circuit and allow for a single lead EKG recording. The device will make the most of Lepu Medical’s expertise in artificial intelligence to detect potential issues with your heart rhythms. It is even possible to share the 30-second EKG with your doctor for further analysis. Logging into your account will allow receiving a detailed shareable report, including:
- PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction),
- Couplet of PVC,
- PVC Bigeminy,
- PVC Trigeminy,
- Ventricular Tachycardia,
- PAC (Premature Supraventricular Contraction),
- Couplet of PAC,
- AC Trigeminy,
- Supraventricular Tachycardia,
- Atrial flutter,
- Atrial fibrillation,
- Overall maximum heart rate,
- Overall minimum heart rate,
What we think of the CheckMe BP2
The BP2 blood pressure and EKG monitor comes for less than $100 and combines the best blood pressure monitoring and at-home EKG in a compact format.
The measurements are accurate, and we like the possibility of storing all of the data in the ViHealth App. Even though the EKG is more good than a must-have, it can help identify underlying heart conditions requiring further investigations by your doctor in certain circumstances.
As always with at-home medical devices, it is critical not to self-diagnose yourself and, even more important, not to change an ongoing treatment. However, in a world where undiagnosed hypertension is killing millions of people every year, the CheckMe BP2 is a high-quality, well-priced, and easy-to-use blood monitoring device that we recommend without any reservation. Check on the CheckMe website for more information.