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Microlife's Home Blood Pressure Monitors Proven Accurate Even for Critical Patients
Date:10/2/2007

As Widespread Use of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Becomes Recommended and

the Need for Accurate Devices Expands to Include Critical Patients, Microlife Manufactures the Only Home Blood Pressure Monitor with Proven

Accuracy (Severe arterial-sclerosis in End Stage Renal Disease)

DUNEDIN, Fla., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the release of the American Heart Association's Recommendations for Blood Pressure Measurement in 2005, more and more physicians and patients are recognizing the need to accurately monitor blood pressure at home. A "true pressure" is defined as the average level over a prolonged duration, thus measurements only taken during office visits are not a reliable indicator of one's "true" blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association patients should only measure at home with a monitor that can prove accuracy through independently validated clinical studies, take 2 or more readings and average the results, record the readings over time and be able to share these measurements with a physician. Microlife upper arm digital blood pressure monitors meet all of the recommendations set forth by the AHA. Additionally, in critical patients such as those suffering from end-stage renal disease, who often have diabetes, the need for accurate devices for home blood pressure monitoring has, until now, been seemingly unmet. According to a study published in "Blood Pressure Monitoring" (2007, 12:227-232), Microlife's upper arm monitors are shown to accurately measure pressure, even in patients with severe arterial-sclerosis in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

The study, led by Professor Thomas G Pickering, M.D., shows that Microlife's upper arm monitors are the first oscillometric devices to measure blood pressure accurately against a mercury sphygmomanometer, the gold standard, in this highly critical patient group. According to Professor Pickering, "Patients with End Stage Renal Disease have very stiff arteries, and it has no
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