DIW: Color Doctor

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Just a few months ago, The American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association changes the guidelines for hypertension.

In this week's Does it Work, Shane Konicki tests a product that promises to help monitor your blood pressure from anywhere.

He went to Northwest Family Physicians to get his blood pressure taken with the Color Doctor, a product that promises to easily and accurately take your blood pressure from home.

The Color Doctor is a portable blood pressure monitor that uses a 'green to yellow to red' color-coded system to alert you to elevated BP levels. You can get one online for 39.99, but does it work?

To test it- Shane got some help from Dr. Tana Goering.

Dr. Goering is a family medicine physician that sees a variety of patients and very commonly deals with blood pressure.

The numbers look like they're pretty readable. The color might be pretty neat in the fact that it's going to really trigger the person to say okay if it's yellow, maybe I need to pay attention and do something about it, make a change in lifestyle, and certainly if it's red get in to see the doctor.

Dr. Goering also mentioned the new American Heart Association guidelines for high blood pressure were not reflected on the guide on the side of the box.

A potential problem, she says, for the color coding system used by the Color Doctor.

To test the accuracy of the Color Doctor, Shane put on the product and got his blood pressure taken which turned out to be and a little high.

Dr. Goering said his blood pressure is probably affected by nerves and talking and moving throughout the test.

She moves on to the arm cuff blood pressure monitor she uses at her office, to see how close the numbers are. It's high again…and 10 points off.

Dr. Goering wants to try the Color Doctor one more time, immediately after the last test and the results are different again.

The discrepancy is a bit concerning. There are significant differences between the two readings that were taken in the same arm within minutes of each other.

So after all of this blood pumping excitement, there's still one question. Does it work?

It does not.