OMRON’s new blood pressure monitor for obese patients

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At the European Society of Cardiology Congress, OMRON Healthcare revealed data for the new OMRON RS7 Intelli IT, its first automatic wrist blood pressure monitor clinically validated for use in obese patients, which will be launched later this year.

According to the protocol set by the European Society of Hypertension, study results from the at-home OMRON RS7 Intelli IT demonstrated accurate measurements equivalent to those obtained in the doctor’s office. This announcement correlates with the updated Guidelines for the Management of Arterial Hypertension being presented at the congress recommending the use of wrist devices to accurately measure the blood pressure of those with obesity.

Obesity is on the rise and more than 50% of the world population are estimated to be obese by 2025 – a high proportion of which will have high blood pressure. Traditional blood pressure monitors struggle to measure accurately the blood pressure of obese patients leading to incorrect readings. OMRON’s RS7 wrist media monitoring is a new clinically validated device especially designed with these patients in mind.

High blood pressure causes over 10 million deaths each year and is the most significant, single, contributing risk factor to global death. This is especially worrying in the case of obese people, as obesity is a major cause of hypertension, accounting for 65-75% of the risk for primary hypertension.

However, obtaining accurate readings for this population with traditional devices is challenging: Larger arm circumference and subcutaneous adiposity thickness are factors affecting the measurement process and thus can lead to incorrect readings.

One of the most frequent concerns about wrist devices is that incorrect positioning can affect the accuracy of the reading. This is no longer the case with the OMRON RS7 Intelli IT, since this is equipped with an advanced, one of a kind LED positioning sensor, which flashes if the arm is not correctly positioned. In addition, the new OMRON RS7 Intelli IT syncs with the OMRON connect app, so that users can track their progress over time and it is completely silent. It also includes a blood pressure level indicator, irregular heart beat detector, CWG, body movement detection and average function. It can store up to 100 readings and allows for two users.