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 irregular heartbeat detector.
"The development of products to identify morning hypertension
underscores Omron Healthcare's dedication to empowering people to detect
and prevent illnesses and conditions before it's too late to notify a
physician," said Isao Ogino, Chief Executive Officer, Omron Healthcare.
"Our aim is to help both doctors and patients by providing an at-home
solution to help detect not only hypertension, but now morning hypertension
The HEM-780, HEM-790IT and HEM-670IT blood pressure monitors are
available at pharmacies nationwide. For more information on morning
hypertension, please visit http://www.bpnumbers.com.
About Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Bannockburn, IL, a northern suburb
of Chicago, is the North and South American subsidiary of Omron Healthcare
group. A leading manufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors
for home use, Omron Healthcare group is a market leader in blood pressure
monitoring with over 70 million of its monitors sold worldwide to date.
Omron Healthcare is committed to offering clinically proven, innovative
weight management and thermometry products and devices for use in treatment
of respiratory conditions, all with the aim of helping people achieve
greater compliance and quality of life. With the April 2006 acquisition of
the Colin(R) brand of blood pressure monitoring products for hospitals,
clinics, and physician offices, Omron Healthcare has a unique position as a
company offering a wide array of medical devices for use in sites ranging
from hospitals to the home. For more information, visit
http://www.omronhealthcare.com and for Colin products, visit
* The American Heart Association identifies an upper limit of normal
blood pressure reading as 135 mmHg systolic and 85 mmHg diastolic. The
morning hypertension symbol is displayed on Omron Healthcare's devices
if a user's average first morning reading for a week is above 135 for
the systolic value and/or 85 for the diastolic value.
SOURCE Omron Healthcare, Inc.