Professor Liam Glynn
Professor of General Practice at the Graduate Entry Medical, University of Limerick
Technology has a key role to play in helping people to keep their blood pressure at healthy levels, says Professor Liam Glynn, Professor of General Practice at the University of Limerick.
Whether it’s banking, shopping, or even learning something new, technology is continually impacting our behaviour and even our health, and blood pressure-related tech is abundant and accessible.
Exercise makes the heart and blood vessels more flexible and efficient, and produces positive hormones that can benefit a whole range of health conditions.
Technology can help you to understand the impact of your lifestyle on your blood pressure, record useful information for future GP consultations and even offer you advice on medicine doses.
But, perhaps one of the most useful benefits of health technology, says Professor Liam Glynn, is that it can support people to get active, particularly when they are busy.
“Not for nothing is walking described as man’s best medicine,” he says. Exercise makes the heart and blood vessels more flexible and efficient and produces positive hormones that can benefit a whole range of health conditions. In borderline-high blood pressure, exercise can even reduce or avoid the need to use medication.
Professor Glynn believes that technology can be helpful in many ways.
“Whether it is using a step counting app to measure your physical activity and set your own goals, or monitoring and recording your blood pressure, use technology that works for you, the way you live, and how able you are to use it, whether you are on your own or have support available to you.”