Monitors

Omron M6 Comfort

The OMRON M6 blood pressure monitor is one of the best selling monitors from a leading manufacturer of medical equipment.

A new look, fully featured automatic blood pressure monitor, with cutting edge technology offering the very best in the fight against hypertension

As well as incorporating all the best functions of previous Omron machines, the success of this new equipment is due to the ease of use and comfort that the Omron M6 offers. It is important that users are relaxed and comfortable when taking readings. The Omron M6 Comfort has a unique pre-formed cuff that is easy to use and sits softly and snugly around the upper arm. It has an arm measurement range of 22-42cm (which suits most people) – although larger and smaller cuffs are readily available

Users of this monitor say that they feel more in control of their blood pressure by taking regular, accurate readings at home

The Omron 6 Comfort blood pressure monitor is an affordable, easy to use reliable machine ideal for home use.

Features

The M6 has the largest display on the market, so it is easy to view and record readings.

The measurement is quickly recorded using comfort inflation technology – Omron’s Trademarked IntelliSense.

Motion Detection – The M6 Comfort has a support system, showing the user if body movement has disturbed the measurement and needs to be repeated.

Irregular pulses (e.g. arrhythmic pulses) can disturb measurements, which can result in false readings. The M6 has unique algorithm that detects measurement quality and ensures that only valid, accurate results are displayed. If irregular pulses are detected, these are indicated.

The Omron M6 has the ability to record 90 memories including the date and time. As it uses the newest OMRON technology, one set of batteries lasts for 1500 measurements.

Fully automatic Omron M6 upper arm blood pressure monitor

Large, clear display enables easy readings of results.

  • Longest battery life on the market – One set of batteries is good for 1500 measurements!
  • Intellisense comfort inflation: only pumps the cuff as high as necessary and decreases measurement time
  • Stores 90 memories with date and time stamp – helpful for your GP
  • Averaging mode: averages 3 values and helps to better illustrate long term blood pressure developments
  • Measurement quality indicators:
    Detect and display if irregular heartbeats or user movement disturb the measurement. Only reliable measurements are displayed
  • One button operation makes the Omron M6 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor easy to operate
  • Clinically validated according to the International protocol of the ESH
  • Soft case – continue to take readings wherever you are

What Omron say about the New M6 Comfort Blood Pressure Monitor

A new look, fully featured automatic blood pressure monitor, with cutting edge technology offering the very best in the fight against hypertension. Unique pre-formed cuff fits medium and large arms with ease and comfort.

Omron M10-IT Blood Pressure Monitor

Omron, a leading manufacturer of blood pressure monitors for both home and clinical use are now able to offer the Omron M10 IT Monitor for sale to the public and include it in their highly recommended range of automatic upper arm blood pressure monitors.

Using the Omron M10-IT

The Omron M10 blood pressure monitor takes home blood pressure measuring to the next level offering comfort and accuracy – bulit and designed to incorporate blood pressure monitor reviews of Omron models over the past three years.  The Omron M10 monitor benefits from many user reviews of its predecessors gathered over several years and is certain to give home users exceptional comfort whilst confidently measuring their blood pressure at home.

 

Features of Omron M10-IT Blood Pressure Monitor

The Omron M10 monitor is the natural progresion from previous Omron models – incorprating the benefits of the Comfort M6  and featuring advanced functions such as:-

  • Clinical validation – International Protocol & British Hypertension Society
  • Fully automatic upper arm digirtal blood pressure monitor with “Intellisense” controlled inflation and defation of cuff
  • Dual sized comfort cuff (22-42cm) for medium to large arms
  • Irregular pulse detection – irregular pulses can affect readings if irregular pulse is detected only reliable results will be displayed
  • The Omron M10 takes 3 consecutive readings in’Auto’ mode – the omron M10-it blood pressure monitor automatically takes 3 measurements of your blood pressure
  • Twin 84 reading memory with date and time stamp enable two people to use the same machine
  • Averaging for morning, evening and ‘Auto’ measurement
  • Computer connectivity with Health Management Software included

A selection of user reviews of Omron M10:-

The Omron M10-it blood pressure monitor is extremely easy to use.

A very well made solid piece of equipment which looks very professional.

Excellent value for money.

All you do is attach it to your arm and switch it on.H

The Omron M10 has a memory capable of storing 84 readings each for 2 people which can be fed to your PC via USB for use with the supplied software to store readings using a comparison chart. Omron even supply a USB cable!

I would definitely recommend the Omron M10 blood pressure monitor!

This is a quite sophisticated device but it’s very easy to use.

I have mixed views about the OMRON M10-IT BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR.

PRO – excellent innovative features – on the positive front, the machine is well made and is able to store over eighty readings each for two users

Con – not impressed with the ‘one-size fits all’ cuff, which is very bulky and not easy to achieve a snug fit with if you have a slim arm however I understand this is unusual

 

24-hour blood pressure monitoring

The following letter published in The Times in response to the news that there is to be a change in the way blood pressure readings are taken:

Sir, That 24-hour blood pressure monitoring will now be more widely available does not negate the need for an improvement in the currently suboptimal standard of “office” blood presure measurement. Too often, patients in primary care as well as in secondary care undergo the following routine, which is in contravention of the guidelines for correct measurement of blood pressure: the measurement of blood pressure takes place almost immediately after the patient enters the consulting room, in contravention of the recommendation that the patient should remain seated for at least three minutes beforehand. Furthermore, in contravention of the recommendation that at least two measurements should be taken, most patients have only one measurement.

Finally, given that incorrect measurements are registered by electronic blood pressure monitors when a patient has an irregular pulse, the least precaution that should be taken before deciding whether to measure the blood pressure using an electronic device or manually is to document the patient’s pulse and its regularity. Many times, when I have had my blood pressure measured, I have not had my pulse taken.

And another brief contribution

Sir, Nice seems to be recommending that a nurse just “download an average” from the device. There is far more information in a day’s worth of readings than this: attempts should be made to categorise regularly observed patterns and to correlate them with comings and goings in the patients’ daily lives to see if any common threads can be discovered.

New device to revolutionise blood pressure checks

A new device promises to revolutionise measuring blood pressure

Source The Times | BBC Health News

For many years the accepted way of measuring blood pressure has been using a cuff around the upper arm. This could be soon surpassed with the invention of a “wrist watch” capable of more accurate blood pressure readings. The device, which has been designed by scientists at the University of Leicester and in Singapore, could revolutionise the way blood pressure has been measured for over 100 years.

The watch-type device works by calculating pressure in the largest artery in the body, the aorta. The readings from the Aorta is already known to give a different reading from pressure in the arm.

Because the aorta is closer to the brain and heart readings taken from it are a much more accurate and it is hoped that doctors will be able to recommend better, more appropriate treatment based on the risks from high blood pressure – which are stroke and heart attacks.

A sensor in the watch sits over the radial artery in the wrist and records the pulse wave, which is then fed into a computer to calculate the pressure close to the heart.

Bryan Williams, of the University of Leicester’s department of cardiovascular sciences said that he expected the technology to be in use soon in specialist centres before being available more generally in the NHS. “Within five years I think this is going to be used much more widely,” he said.

“The aorta is millimetres away from the heart and close to the brain and we have always known that pressure here is a bit lower than in the arm. Some patients have high pressure in the arm but their aortic pressure is completely normal. We believe that these patients don’t need to be treated. Unless we measure the pressure in the aorta we are not getting an appreciation of the risks or benefits of treatment.”

Professor Williams believes that it is important to ensure that the new device was as small as possible to encourage healthcare professionals and patients to use it. “We knew that whatever we came up with had to be quite small and preferably similar to what people were used to. It has been a fabulous scientific adventure to get to this point and it will change the way blood pressure has been monitored for more than a century.”

A study on the device is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Mr Lansley said that the technique, which he had seen in action, was “a great example of how research breakthroughs and innovation can make a real difference to patients’ lives”.

A senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation commented that although conventional measuring of blood pressure had its limitations it continues to provide valuable information.

“Previous research by these scientists has shown that measuring blood pressure close to the heart is a better indicator of the effectiveness of treatment for high blood pressure than the standard method,” she said. “However, further research is needed before we can be certain of its superiority in the doctor’s surgery.”

Blood Pressure Readings with iPhone and iPad

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., and a new device from iHealth aims to help people regularly monitor their blood pressure and encourage healthy habits to keep it under control adding another product to the burgeoning trend of DIY, home medical devices.

A new gadget called iHealth was unveiled at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that enables users to track, chart and share your blood pressure information on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System is battery-powered docking station and blood pressure arm cuff for use with Apple devices and is being reported as a potentially exciting way to combine Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with home blood pressure monitoring devices.

The kit includes a glossy white plastic dock (battery powered) and an arm cuff that interface with your iOS device using a Dock Connector, relying upon a free iHealth application to inflate the cuff, take measurements and then display realtime results of your blood pressure readings.

ihealth blood pressure dock for iPad

Early reactions to the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System

In all seriousness, this seems like a good product. I know people who monitor their BP regularly, and had ‘scares’ at doctors’ offices because they were nervous at those settings, when their measured BP at home hadn’t been above normal.

One concern: does the ‘app’  have adequate security? Does it ‘report back’ results or store them on the device insecurely?

Uh, I have a $40 blood pressure cuff that already keeps track of readings and does everything that is talked about here. Not clear what value the iPhone connection adds other than cool factor.

I will concede that my blood pressure monitor can’t make phone calls but then neither does the iPad!

This article (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/science/02see.html?ref=technology) explains how computers can monitor patients’ pulses with cameras. Is the iPhone’s camera good enough to detect the same subtle changes in facial coloration that these computers can? If so, why not make an app to monitor pulse and blood pressure with the inbuilt camera?

“Patients can also share their results with a physician, either via e-mail or by showing them the phone or iPad with the data on it during their next doctor visit.

For the socially minded the application can also deliver blood pressure readings to user accounts such as Twitter and Facebook as a way to generate positive reinforcement about good readings among a user’s social network profile.