A patient whose doctor was unable to identify the cause of his high blood pressure created an application and discovered how to cure himself of his condition.
Cameron Elliot, of Manchester, was advised by his GP to reduce his salt intake after being diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2016, which put him at high risk for heart attack or stroke. stroke.
But Cameron knew that he was already eating a low salt diet. The data analyst therefore decided to create a revolutionary way of knowing what was really going on.
Cameron started recording his blood pressure readings daily and comparing them to his stress levels, sleep quality, salt intake, weight, physical activity, and other factors to determine what could explain his health problem.
A month later, he put his results in a graph and the cause "came out of the screen."
It was clear that his state of stress and lack of sleep were at the origin of his condition. So he took action and after a month, his blood pressure was in a range of weight.
Today, Cameron wants others to be able to use the same methods to monitor their blood pressure and lifestyle in order to stay healthy.
He launched BP Owl, a new application that uses his data analysis method to provide people with a simple way to identify aspects of their lifestyle that raise their blood pressure and allow them to focus on these factors. .
"Hypertension is often called the" silent killer "because there are no symptoms, which can make a diagnosis both scary and difficult to accept," says Cameron.
"I was persuaded that if I had enough data, I'd have a good chance of finding out what's behind all of this and, a month after the daily check-in, I'd have it." I was able to draw a graph that clearly showed how much my blood pressure was increasing on days when I "reported having poor sleep and feeling particularly stressed.
Cameron says the application is focused on simplicity and ease of use. All you have to do is to record what you did and how you feel, and the application will do the rest.
"Within 30 days, you will have a definitive answer to the cause of your high blood pressure and can take steps to remedy it," he adds.
"Our goal is to help people take control of their health – we want to give them the tools they need to naturally overcome high blood pressure."
Hypertension is the leading cause of death in the world, causing about 10.4 million deaths a year. However, with so many potential lifestyle causes, it can be difficult for health professionals to identify the cause of each patient.
This condition, which affects one in four people in the UK, is responsible for at least half of all heart attacks and strokes, and is a major risk factor for chronic kidney failure, stroke, and stroke. Heart failure and dementia.
It is estimated that seven other people in ten are not aware of hypertension.
BP Owl has also worked with Dr. Lutz Kraushaar, a specialist in cardiovascular disease from the University of Bielefeld in Germany.
"BP Owl is a big step forward towards personalized preventive medicine, which doctors currently do not have the capacity to provide," said Dr. Kraushaar.
"Right now, the medical profession relies on clinical trials to advise patients.
"However, the trials usually test a single intervention and generate their findings on the basis of averages, although in reality, it is likely that the intervention worked very well for some people, less well for d. others and not at all – even negatively – for a long time. Small number.
"BP Owl reverses this method in favor of the user. Thus, rather than being limited to a single intervention, the individual can try several options until he finds what is most effective for him. & # 39;