And the Beat Goes on With 100 Million Blood Pressure Units Sold, Omron Healthcare Keeps At-Home Monitoring Top of Mind

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Omron Healthcare has announced a new milestone for its blood pressure monitors: 100 million units sold worldwide. The achievement is part of a journey that began 36 years ago when Omron introduced the first digital blood pressure monitor.

What has followed since 1973? The introduction of more than 100 different models used in 100 different countries around the world. From PC compatible units which allow you to upload readings into electronic health records to a solar-powered monitor that takes readings wherever sunlight is available, Omron strives to deliver advanced technologies and accuracy that is affordable to help individuals take an active role in their health management.

"As we commemorate this significant milestone for Omron, we remain focused on educating consumers to be aware of high blood pressure which often has little or no symptoms," says Bob Kondraske, Chief Operating Officer of Omron Healthcare, Inc.

High blood pressure affects nearly one in three adults in the United States (U.S.) or more than 73 million people(1). High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke which are the number one and three causes of adult deaths in the U.S.(1), respectively.

"Most people don't realize monitoring their blood pressure regularly at home can be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to help predict early signs of a stroke or cardiac event," Kondraske added.

Omron Healthcare blood pressure monitors have been clinically tested, evaluated and proven to meet the rigorous safety and accuracy standards set by independent organizations. Available at major pharmacy stores and online retailers nationwide, Omron offers a full line of upper arm and wrist blood pressure monitors with a variety of features to meet the needs of many consumers. For more information, visit www.omronhealthcare.com.

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.

Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Bannockburn, IL, is the North and South American sales and marketing office of Omron Healthcare Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors for home use. With 100 million monitors sold worldwide to date, Omron Healthcare Group was the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure monitors into the home healthcare market. Omron Healthcare offers innovative products and medical devices for use in sites ranging from hospitals to the home in the blood pressure monitoring, fitness diagnostics, thermometry, and respiratory categories. Omron Healthcare markets clinically proven products that provide accurate health information to consumers and physicians and support positive lifestyle changes and health improvement. For more information, visit www.omronhealthcare.com.

(1) The American Heart Association. High Blood Pressure. Available at www.americanheart.org. Accessed on 7/16/2009.


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SOURCE Omron Healthcare, Inc.



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