Advice from the BP Measurement Experts
Have you ever visited the doctor's office and discovered your blood pressure was higher than you expected? Most people do not realize their blood pressure is constantly changing minute by minute in response to mood, activity, body position, etc. In fact, simple changes can cause blood pressure to fluctuate between 5 and 40 mmHg. Here is a list of 10 factors that can temporarily cause significant deviations in your blood pressure measurements.
Blood pressure is everywhere nowadays. While we are used to seeing it measured in the hospital, clinic, and even at home, what about on an airplane? RDT makes this possible with their product and service called Tempus ICTM, which is used by non-medically trained staff to save lives in remote locations such as in-flight or at sea.
A recent survey published in BMC Family Practice shows that US internists and family practice physicians mistakenly believe they are adequately treating high blood pressure. All of the surveyed physicians felt like they treated hypertension adequately and many cited the biggest challenge in blood pressure control as patient noncompliance.
As a leading manufacturer of automated blood pressure monitoring technology, we've seen some pretty interesting technological advances in our 25 plus years, but the work that Biomedical Engineering students from Emory University did for their senior project has to be one of the most impressive accomplishments we've seen in a while.
Zoo Atlanta recently became the first zoological institution in the world to obtain voluntary blood pressure readings from a gorilla. This groundbreaking stride was made possible by the Gorilla Tough Cuff, a blood pressure reading system devised through partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be a stressful time of year for most. Overindulgence at holiday parties, long shopping lists and added financial burden is enough to raise anyone's blood pressure and put them at risk for a cardiovasular event. The gift of health is the most important thing we can give ourselves this holiday season. Read this article to see what you can do to promote a heart healthy holiday!
From all of us at SunTech Medical, we wish you a healthy holiday season and a happy new year!
On the week prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US, several personnel from SunTech Medical attended the 2009 MEDICA International Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Over the four days of this event, (November 18 - 21), the world's largest medical trade fair hosted nearly 138,000 trade visitors from over 100 countries and 4,324 medical industry exhibitors from 60 different nations.
Cardiac stress testing is commonly used to gauge how well the heart works and to identify if a patient is at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). During a cardiac stress test a patient walks on a treadmill or rides a stationary bike. As exercise intensity increases, the heart has to pump harder and use more oxygen. This mimics the strain placed on the heart when arteries are blocked or narrowed. Several parameters are monitored during the stress test including ECG waveforms, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
Since Blog @ SunTech launched in July 2009, there has been a great amount of knowledge shared about blood pressure and blood pressure technologies.
We have covered the importance of accurate blood pressure, ambulatory blood pressure, and even discussed selecting the correct size blood pressure cuff. All the topics we've covered are important, but in many cases, people with high blood pressure are unaware that they have an issue they need to accurately manage.
As a medical device manufacturer, we at SunTech Medical have a full appreciation for how laborious the regulatory approval process can be when bringing a product to market. Understanding the rules and requirements can help a medical device manufacturer avoid time-to-market delays and inflated project costs. It is with this unique perspective that we frequently assist our OEM partners with overcoming regulatory hurdles related to automated blood pressure to help them get to market on time while keeping costs to a minimum.
Dr. Henry Black, president of the American Society of Hypertension, explains the usefulness of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, the short-comings of home bp, and why home bp will never replace ABPM.
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If you are a professional in the medical field, you know there are many different blood pressure device and cuff manufacturers in the market (e.g. GE, Welch Allyn, CasMed, Trimline, etc). You would also know that it is common for hospitals and physician's offices to use one manufacturer's blood pressure device and use a different manufacturer's BP cuffs. As a manufacturer of both blood pressure monitors and blood pressure cuffs, a common question we receive is "Will the BP cuff I am currently using work with a SunTech blood pressure monitor?"
While many people view blood pressure as simply two numbers, the importance of accurate blood pressure measurement continues to gain visibility. Typically, problems associated with high blood pressure cause us to think about heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes, but there is another negative effect of hypertension. This week, U.S. researchers released information that suggests people as young as 45 with high blood pressure are much more likely to have memory troubles. The indicating factor was a high diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number).
On Tuesday, September 22, The Dr. Oz Show explored how stress is destroying women's bodies and revealed an Ultimate Anti-Stress Checklist. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was used to assess how stress affected a busy mom's blood pressure throughout the day. The data produced an overall blood pressure profile which is a key indicator of her overall health. Dr. Oz pointed out a few hypertensive readings during the test, which were directly related to stressful tasks (e.g. her son spilling candy all over the grocery store).
Most hypertension opinion leaders regard ambulatory blood pressure monitoring as the gold standard for risk assessment since it is superior to both clinic and home BP measurement ,. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is a 24 hour blood pressure test in which readings are taken every 15-30 min during the day and 20-60 min during asleep hours. To learn more about ABPM, please, check out this ABPM video.
ABPM provides information which home BP and clinic BP cannot including:
More benefits to ABPM are summarized in the table below.
Benefits of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring over Home BP and Office BP 
|Mean (true blood pressure)
| Masked hypertension
|Diurnal blood pressure rhythm||Yes||No||No|
| Dipping status
| Morning surge
| Blood pressure variability
| Duration effects of BP meds
You can see from the table above that there are several key benefits to ABPM, but you may not know why they are important. I'll highlight a few on the list.
Most people are familiar with the 140/90 mmHg guidelines for blood pressure. Blood pressure guidelines for ambulatory monitoring are a little lower. The American Heart Association recommends an overall 24-hr average of 130/80 or lower. The 7th Joint National Committee states that awake ambulatory bp measurements should be below 135/85 and asleep measurements should be below 120/75. The European Society of Hypertension (ESH) states that normal awake bp is 135/85, but optimal awake 130/80. The ESH also recommends that normal asleep bp is 120/70, but optimal asleep 115/65.
If you have any questions or comments regarding your experiences with ABPM, we'd love to hear about it!
 World Health Organization. (2003). 2003 World Health Organization (WHO)/ International Society of Hypertension (ISH) statement on the management of hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, 21, 1983-1992.
 Urbina, E. et al. (2008). Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children and Adolescents: Recommendations for Standard Assessment. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association Arthrosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in Youth Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. Hypertension, 52, 433-451.
In order to understand the importance of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, one first needs to understand why blood pressure is important to measure. While hypertension specialists understand the value of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, some family practice physicians don't understand the utility of ABPM over home blood pressure monitoring. Let's start with the basics....
As a leading global provider of OEM NIBP technologies, we work very closely with various medical device manufacturers and biomedical engineering departments as they apply oscillometric NIBP simulators to assist with their device development or equipment maintenance efforts.
Apparently millions in the UK don't! And the Blood Pressure Association, a UK charity dedicated to lowering the nation's BP, wants to raise awareness of the so-called "silent killer" by promoting its largest event of the year, Know your Numbers! Week 2009. It's happening this week, 7-13 September, at thousands of Pressure Stations across the country.
If you ask any nurse or doctor about blood pressure (BP) cuffs, one of the most common questions you will receive is "Why can't we get a larger cuff?" With the obesity epidemic increasing globally, the need for larger blood pressure cuffs is becoming more pronounced. The World Health Organization states that "currently more than 1 billion adults are overweight - and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese."1
So why can't BP cuff manufacturers just make larger size cuffs?
Over the years, we’ve developed numerous white papers covering a wide range of topics. Through our work with hundreds of end users, we’ve discovered there are still elements of automated blood pressure monitoring that are misunderstood. As a result, we felt compelled to put together a comprehensive guide to automated BP monitoring to help increase knowledge and awareness. Much of this information has been pulled from our existing white papers that can be found at http://www.suntechmed.com/bp-devices-and-cuffs/suntech-247#White_Papers.