Know Your Numbers
Blood Pressure Testing Week 2009
Know Your Numbers runs 7 – 14th September 2009
Always keen to support the national awareness week for blood pressure testing this years nationwide event will see free blood pressure checks throughout the UK. Testing stations, run by professionally qualified volunteers will open their doors to the public to take blood pressure readings and offer advice and information about high blood pressure.
Find your nearest free blood pressure check
To find your nearest Pressure Station, enter your postcode and click ‘Find nearest’!
If you want to speak to someone about blood pressure the bpassoc operate an information line – 020 8772 4994 which is available Monday to Friday. Of course it is likely that the volume of calls will increase during a successful “know your numbers” awareness week.
Know Your Numbers -100,000,000
36 years ago in 1973 Omron Healthcare manufactured and began selling blood pressure monitors – by the end of August 2009 they passed a significant milestone – 100 models sold in 100 countries totalling 100 million blood pressure monitors sold enabling people around the world to keep track of their blood pressure measurements. The latest range of monitors include climate change beating solar powered machines and machines that directly link into diagnostic >laptop computers which relay information to health care professionals.
Know Your Numbers – 100 days
One hundred days until the climate change meeting in Copenhagen
Conveniently coinciding with the 10:10 campaign in which participants vow to reduce their CO2 emissions byy 10% in 20010 the Copenhagen climate change pow wow is a hundred days away and environmental groups are preparing for this by supporting the 10 10 cliamte change effort
Clinically Approved Blood Pressure Monitors
There are many blood pressure monitors on the market, but not all of them have been clinically validated for accuracy. The British Hypertension Society (BHS) maintains an up-to-date list of clinically validated blood pressure monitors, which we have reproduced on this page The majority of clinically validated monitors are upper arm monitors, where the cuff is put around the arm, above the elbow. However a number of wrist monitors are now clinically validated, but readings at home may be inaccurate if the wrist is not held at heart level. For this reason, the British Hypertension Society recommends the use of upper arm monitors in preference to wrist monitors.
All monitors that are clinically validated will give a reliable result, regardless of whether they cost £35 or £135. The differences in cost reflect the number of additional features a monitor has (for example the ability to store previous readings or speak out readings). But none of the extra features is necessary for an accurate reading, only that the monitor is clinically validated.
Where to buy a blood pressure monitor
Many shops and chemists stock blood pressure monitors but you will find these models cheaper online from medical equipment supply specialist such as Medisave
If you have very large or very small arms you may need a smaller or larger sized cuff – ask your doctor or nurse for advice. If different sizes are available for any models they are listed as: small , standard and large.
This device is not clinically validated but reports from the USA show that when used in conjunction with existing treatments resperate does help to lower BP by encourging breathing control.
up-to-date list of clinically validated blood pressure monitors,
Find out how you can help control your blood pressure by measuring it at home. Read about clinically validated blood pressure monitors and follow the straightforward guide “How to measure blood pressure”
The British Hypertension Society (BHS) maintains an up-to-date list of clinically validated monitors, which we have reproduced below.
A and D Instruments monitors (Small, Standard and Large cuffs available to buy)
• A and D Instruments UA-704
• A and D Instruments UA-705
• A and D Instruments UA-767
• A and D Instruments UA-779
• A and D Instruments UA-787
• A and D Instruments UA-767 Plus
• A and D Instruments UA-767 Plus Memory
• A and D Instruments UA-774
• A and D Instruments UA-767PC
• A and D Instruments UA-767V
• A and D Instruments UA-767P-BT
Microlife monitors (Standard and Large cuffs available to buy)
• Microlife 3AG1
• Microlife – As easy as 123
• Microlife BP 3BTO-A
• Microlife BP A100
• Microlife 3BTO-A (2) with two different sized cuffs provided that can also be used during pregnancy
• Microlife BP 3AC1-1
• Microlife BP A100 Plus
• Microlife BP 3AC1-1PC
• Microlife WatchBP – details awaited
Omron monitors (Small, Standard and Large upper arm cuffs available to buy. Wrist monitor cuffs fit wrists 13.5-21.5cm)
• Omron M1 Plus
• Omron M2 Compact
• Omron MX2 Basic
• Omron MX3 Plus
• Omron M4-I
• Omron M6
• Omron M6 Comfort
• Omron M7
• Omron M10-IT
• Omron R6 (Wrist monitor)
• Omron R7 (Wrist monitor)
• Omron 705CP-II
• Omron 637-IT (Wrist monitor)
• Omron 705IT