Expatriate health insurance customers who need to keep an eye on their blood pressure might be interested to learn that researchers have identified a more accurate method of measurement.
The discovery, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that a new wristwatch device can take a more accurate blood pressure reading.
This is because it monitors a major artery that is close to the heart, rather than the normal way of taking blood pressure, which involves monitoring an artery in the arm.
Judy O'Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, commented: "There are limitations to the conventional way of measuring blood pressure because measurements in the arm don't always correspond to the pressure in the artery close to the heart, which is more critical.
"However, it still provides valuable information."