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Understanding Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring

What does accuracy mean and why does it matter?

Being accurate is crucial when it comes to measuring your blood pressure. Accurate measurements mean you can trust the numbers you see. If your devices were not accurate, they could show incorrect readings, which might lead to unnecessary concerns or even improper treatment. To ensure accuracy of measurements, a blood pressure device needs to be clinically validated for accuracy.

Did you know that checking your blood pressure can help you make healthier choices? This is one of the reasons to check your blood pressure regularly and accurately – from home.

Data for Better Health:

When you measure your blood pressure regularly, you provide valuable information for your doctor. They can use this data to adjust your medication and keep it just right for you.

Beat the Nerves:

If your blood pressure tends to rise when you visit the doctor or hospital, don't worry, you're not alone. It's called "white-coat hypertension." Measuring it at home gives a more realistic look at your blood pressure in everyday, relaxed settings.

Set Goals and Succeed:

If you're taking medication or making lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure, regular and accurate measurements help you set goals and track your progress. Research even tells us that when you keep an eye on your blood pressure, you're more likely to manage high blood pressure.

What does it mean, accurate monitoring? And why does it matter?

Let's break it down with a couple of examples: meet Peter and Lucy. What if both Peter and Lucy would have measured their blood pressure with an OMRON device and with an inaccurate device?​ 

What happens if a device is not accurate?

Accurate measurements are crucial for both Peter and Lucy. If their devices were not accurate, they could receive incorrect readings, which might lead to unnecessary concerns or even improper treatment. To ensure accuracy of measurements, a blood pressure monitor needs to be clinically validated for accuracy. 

Did you know that all OMRON blood pressure monitors are clinically validated and meet the highest standard of precision and reliability?

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The Importance of Clinical Validity 

It is not enough to just say we are accurate, we must prove it. Which is why we make sure that every model of our OMRON blood pressure monitors meets the highest standards of precision and reliability.​ This means that our products have been clinically validated. A blood pressure monitor validation study is a clinical study to verify the accuracy of a blood pressure monitor. 

 Clinical validation offers peace of mind to you and your physician. They can rest assured that you, their patient, are monitoring their health with the same reliability as the medical devices used in their examination rooms.​ 

Is it an Approved or Validated product? 

You probably have seen the CE-mark before. What do you need to know about approved and validated devices in order to make the right decision? In short, if a device has a CE mark, this does not automatically mean it is also clinically validated for accuracy. This means CE-mark devices still can be inaccurate. 

90% of products in the market are not clinically validated*, and 100% of OMRON blood pressure devices that are sold in Europe are clinically validated for accuracy.

Type of validations

Basic validations are performed on a group of subjects that is representative of an "average population without any diagnosed pre-existing conditions". Special validations are done within a specific group, for instance in the diabetic and pregnancy populations.

Our validated products

General population

All our devices have been clinically validated for the general population. Explore our clinically validated blood pressure monitors below.

Special population: Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing global health issue, about 9% of adults have it. The detection of high blood pressure is critical for diabetes management**. Diabetes can make arteries less elastic, potentially making it harder to measure blood pressure accurately. A validation study in diabetes patients type 2, showed OMRON monitors are accurate when used in this patient group.** These devices are: M7 Intelli IT, M6 Comfort, M4 Intelli IT and M3 Comfort.

Special population: Pregnancy

During pregnancy, changes in your blood flow can affect your blood pressure readings. Additionally, 10% of pregnant women can have high blood pressure that might lead to pre-eclampsia. These OMRON devices allow pregnant women to accurately measure their blood pressure at home in a safe way, which could reduce the number of hospital visits and may help to make motherhood safer.*** These devices are: EVOLV, M7 Intelli IT, M6 Comfort, M4 Intelli IT and M3 Comfot.

Meeting the highest standard of precision and reliability

Leading international organizations

The protocol for these validation studies is established by a collaboration of the International Standards Organization (ISO), European Society of Hypertension (ESH), the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) and the Advanced Association of Medical Instruments (AAMI). STRIDE BP is an international scientific non-profit organization that lists validated blood pressure monitors. STRIDE BP was founded by hypertension experts to improve the accuracy of blood pressure measurement and the diagnosis and management of hypertension.

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All our devices have been clinically validated for the general population. Also explore these devices that have been specially validated for diabetes and pregnancy.

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References:

*= Mancia G, et al. 2023 ESH Guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension. J Hypertens. 2023 Dec 1;41(12):1874-2071. 

 

**= Naseri MW, Esmat HA, Bahee MD. Prevalence of hypertension in Type-2 diabetes mellitus. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2022 May 14;78:103758. 

 

***= Topouchian J. et al. Clinical accuracy of the Omron M3 Comfort® and the Omron Evolv® for self-blood pressure measurements in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia - validation according to the Universal Standard Protocol. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2018 Aug 31;14:189-197. 

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