The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body through arteries which serve as vessels for transporting the blood. This activity is mandatory for life to be sustained and the force required for moving the blood through the arteries is referred to as the blood pressure.
How blood pressure is measured
Blood pressure reading is expressed as two figures, an upper reading (systolic pressure) signifying the pressure of the blood in the arteries when the heart contracts and a lower figure (diastolic pressure) indicating the pressure of blood in the arteries when the heart is relaxed in-between contractions, filling with blood.
These figures must remain within an optimal range at all times if damage to vital organs in the body such as the kidneys, the brain and the heart is to be prevented. Persistently high blood pressures exceeding acceptable limits may lead to a stroke or heart attack. Low blood pressure falling below limits required to transport blood around the body may be unable to sustain life.
The need for regular blood pressure monitoring
It is therefore of vital importance that blood pressure is regularly monitored to ensure that both the systolic and the diastolic readings remain within safe and medically acceptable limits.
Some medical conditions predispose to sustained high blood pressure. In other individuals, an underlying medical condition cannot be identified as cause for their persistently high blood pressure. Such persons are said to have essential (or idiopathic) hypertension. It is essential that individuals diagnosed with these conditions have their blood pressure regularly monitored.
The benefits of an automatic blood pressure machine
Blood pressure measurement is one of the most performed tests in a doctor’s office. Manual blood pressure measurement is susceptible to inaccuracies, as it can lead to terminal digit preference. The rounding off of numbers to the nearest zero is what is referred to as terminal digit preference. Yet, such inaccuracies can lead to incorrect dosage of anti-hypertensive medications.
The Omron HEM-711 DLX monitor with Comfit Cuff
The advantage of using an automatic blood pressure machine is that it removes terminal digit preference. A blood pressure checker such as the Omron HEM-711 DLX Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Comfit Cuff utilises a patented IntelliSenSe technology which inflates the blood pressure cuff of the monitor to an ideal level for each use. This cutting-edge technology obviates the need to adjust the cuff’s inflation level.
Within seconds, the exact blood pressure and pulse readings are displayed on a large digital panel without having to round off the figures to the nearest zero as it is done with a manual blood pressure checker. In addition, the advanced technology enables the monitor to detect irregular heart-beats.
The blood pressure cuff (Comfit-Cuff) that comes with the monitor is preformed so that it fits snugly and comfortably on both medium and large-sized arms and it can be secured with the Velcro material. Blood pressure measurement can be terminated at any stage by simply pressing the on/off button on the monitor. The Omron HEM-711 DLX Automatic Monitor also comes with accessories such as AC adapter, storage case and instruction manual to facilitate use.
Home blood pressure monitoring is convenient and allows blood pressure readings to be obtained at various times during the day. This gives the health practitioner an insight into a patient’s blood pressure profile over several days or weeks, providing an effective tool for evaluating the efficacy of the patient’s medications and determining the need to review dosages or regimen.