Hypertension represents a major burden in Asia and in many parts of the world. This disease comes with a high prevalence rate and, unfortunately, poor levels of awareness and control in many countries. Hypertension is also the leading preventable cause of premature deaths worldwide, afflicting an estimated 1.4 billion people in 2010, and contributing to 10.5 million deaths each year. By 2030, it is estimated that almost 23.6 million will die from cardiovascular diseases.
In the Philippines, a 2013 study shows that while 75% of patients receiving treatment for hypertension, only 27% of those achieve adequate BP control. Disparities in hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control rates have increasingly been more evident, with significant rises in hypertension prevalence during the past 30 years.
The Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH), a 2000 plus-strong association of health providers from various disciplines committed to the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of hypertension, has recently partnered with Omron Healthcare in an effort for better guided hypertension treatment. Bannering the important message of keeping a constant tab on one’s blood pressure, this ‘BPrecise’ partnership, is centered on the pursuit of accuracy in home blood pressure monitoring.
Home BP monitoring is a complementary tool to clinic BP measurements and ambulatory BP monitoring. It can help identify masked hypertension and improve treatment adherence by allowing patients with hypertension and their family members a more active role in the management of the disease.
Omron has led the way in its advancement, allowing people to make conscious effort and take necessary measures in preventing heart disease and strokes.
An organization that is fully dedicated to help realize healthy and comfortable lives for people around the world, Omron Healthcare provides a wide range of health and medical care products for households and professionals. It boasts of creative technologies and equipment that serve as the perfect partner of medical care providers.
Omron monitoring gadgets are the ONLY such instruments clinically validated as accurate and reliable measures of blood pressure by the Philippine Society of Hypertension, thus serving as relevant guides in hypertension treatment. Omron’s automated BP monitoring devices provide an easier and more convenient way for patients to do their self-measurement compared to the standard mercury sphygmomanometer.
And with self-measurement and home monitoring of blood pressure now recommended by most guidelines for BP management, digital BP monitoring devices have become the practical and less-prone-to-error option.
Among these precision instruments is the Omron Blood Pressure HEM-7120, a portable, easy-to-use home BP monitor that comes with many helpful and unique features. It detects irregular heartbeat and records previous measurement for health purposes. Highly recommended by doctors for providing accurate results, it is compact and fully automatic which works on the oscillometric principle to measure blood pressure and pulse rate without fuss. The device comes with an extra-large LCD screen that displays stable and clear numbers, making it easy to read.
It uses an advanced “IntelliSense” technology for comfortable and controlled inflation without the need of pressure pre-setting or re-inflation. The Heart beat symbol display flashing indicates a blood pressure out of recommended range, and activation of irregular heart beat symbols indicate irregular heart beats.
Omron’s other popular Blood Pressure Monitor, the HEM-7130 model, is capable of storing 60 sets of readings with their corresponding date and time. It can also provide an average of the last 3 readings taken within the last 10 minutes.
The HEM-7130 is likewise powered by the Enhanced Intellisense Technology and employs a Body Movement Detector. This feature prompts user to retake measurement when an error is detected due to the movement of the body during measurement.
Championing the growing acknowledgment from the health and medical industry for the role of home blood pressure monitoring (HBMP) in the management of hypertension, the BPrecise partnership aims to achieve “Zero Events,” that is, reducing the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as strokes and heart attacks to zero. This is fully aligned with TPHS and Omron Healthcare’s mission to considerably improve hypertension outcomes all over the world.