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Dangerous Condition Underscores Importance of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Date:2/6/2008

Morning Hypertension Linked to Stroke and Virtually Undetectable in a Doctor's Office; Omron Healthcare is First to Offer Home Detection Devices

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Relatively unknown to most consumers, morning hypertension -- the name given to high blood pressure in the morning -- is a serious condition known to significantly increase a patient's risk of stroke. Only detected through regular home blood pressure monitoring, patients can start to take control of their health by taking an average of their morning blood pressure readings and immediately alerting their doctor to any significant irregularities.

"Although doctors can provide a blood pressure reading in their office, this is just a one-time, isolated measurement -- and it may not always show a complete picture of the patient's condition because they may be nervous (known as 'white coat hypertension'), or overly comfortable and trusting (known as 'masked hypertension')," said Dr. Annabelle Volgman, associate professor of medicine at Rush Medical College. "Therefore, regular blood pressure monitoring at home is critical for adults to control their blood pressure -- and it's the only viable way to detect morning hypertension."

Omron Healthcare is the only company with a broad range of blood pressure monitors designed specifically to help identify this potentially deadly condition. The HEM-780 (upper arm model), HEM-790IT (upper arm with PC downloading capability) and HEM-670IT (wrist monitor with PC downloading) each come equipped with a morning blood pressure detector that automatically takes an average of morning readings and displays the morning hypertension symbol if the user's weekly average exceeds the upper limit of normal as defined by the American Heart Association guidelines.* The upper-arm devices feature a pre-formed Comfit Cuff(TM) that fits both regular and large arms for accurate and comfortable readings, and all models have an irregul
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