FAQ ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

Which type of OMRON Blood Pressure Monitor should I purchase?

Before purchasing your home blood pressure monitor ensure your satisfaction by selecting the right monitor for you.

For greater convenience choose an "automatic" inflation blood pressure monitor (most upper arm and all wrist models). This type of monitor inflates at the touch of a button. In seconds your blood pressure and pulse are displayed. OMRON "automatic" inflation blood pressure monitors have a wide variety of features that include models with printers, memory functions, high-speed measurement, and compact design. IntelliSense Technology offers the advantage of personalised inflation.

Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors give you the portability of a "wristwatch" style blood pressure monitor.

Considering what type of monitor meets your needs is an important decision. You may wish to consult with your healthcare professional regarding what type of monitor is best for you. We recommend those persons with severe hypertension or diabetes or arteriosclerosis to consult their healthcare professional prior to measuring blood pressure at the wrist.

Are Omron home blood pressure monitors latex free?

Yes, Omron home blood pressure monitors are latex-free.

Omron arm cuffs, wrist cuffs and AC adapters designed for home use are also latex free.

When is the best time to measure my blood pressure?

You should always consult with your doctor for their recommendation on when you need to measure your blood pressure based on your medical conditions.

To trend your blood pressure readings prior to contacting your doctor, Omron recommends you take your measurement at the same time each day in the same environment. Do not take a measurement when you are under stress, you should rest for 15 minutes before taking the measurement and follow all the directions for your monitor printed in the instruction manual.

Can distilled water be used in a nebulizer system?

Do not use any liquid or medication in a nebulizer system without consulting your doctor.

Body fat percentage increased even after exercising. Why did this happen?

Body water has an influence on the readings.

During exercise, the body sweats and body water decreases, The flow of the electrical current is imparied and the body fat percentage will seem to increase.

You should avoid taking measurements whenever there is a change in body water such as; after a bath or sauna, drinking alcohol or large amounts of water, within 2 hours of eating a meal.

If a measurement is taken under these conditions, the calculated body composition may differ significantly from the actual one because the water content in the body is changing.

What commom diseases can a nebulizer system be used to administer medication?

A nebulizer system is used to treat the symptoms of conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory disorders as directed by a physician.

Why does blood pressure fluctuate during the day?

Blood Pressure changes constantly throughout the day. Blood pressure has a daily pattern. Blood pressure is normally lower at night while you're sleeping. Your blood pressure starts to rise a few hours before you wake up. Your blood pressure continues to rise during the day, usually peaking in the middle of the afternoon. Then in the late afternoon and evening, your blood pressure begins dropping again.

Why are my readings higher at home than at my doctor's office?

Blood Pressure varies throughout the day, so at any given moment your blood presure monitor can change. It is very important to follow the directions for taking a measurement in the instruction manual for your monitor. The correct technique when using a home blood pressure monitor is critical and may differ from how the unit in a professional office or hospital is used.

If the cuff is wrapped too loosely or not positioned correctly on the arm, the device may not be able to capture the signals from your arteries and your readings may be higher. Always make sure you are sitting in the correct position so your arm is at heart level. If your arm is lower than your heart this may result in a high blood pressure reading.

How do I properly clean the Mesh Cap?

1. After each inhalation treatment, remove the Mesh Cap from the Medication Bottle and discard remaining medication.

2. Pour a small amount of distilled water into the Medication Bottle and replace the Mesh Cap.

3. Turn on the unit to nebulize the water for 1-2 minutes to remove residual medication in mesh holes.

4. Turn off unit and remove the Medication Bottle from the Main Unit.

5. Remove the Mesh Cap from the Medication Bottle and discard remaining water from the Medication Bottle.

6. Rinse the Medication Bottle, Mesh Cap and other attached parts in distilled water. Do not wash the Medication Bottle or Mesh Cap under strong running tap water.

7. Wipe off excess water with a clean dry cloth and allow the parts to dry thoroughly in a clean environment. Do not use any type of cloth or tissue to wipe the Mesh Cap, the fibers may clog the holes of the Mesh Cap.

8. Reassemble the device and store it in the Storage Case or in a clean environment.

It is recommended to sterilize the mesh by boiling once a week or every 10 days.

Why are my readings lower at home than at my doctor's office or hospital?

Blood Pressure varies throughout the day, so at any given moment your blood pressure can change. The most common cause for higher readings in a professional environment is known as " White Coat Hypertension". White Coat Hypertension is caused by the stress or anxiety a person experiences in a professional setting.

What method is used in taking the blood pressure measurement?

Omron digital blood pressure monitors use the oscillometric method of blood pressure measurement. This means the monitor detects your blood’s movement through your brachial artery and converts the movements into a digital reading.

When should I take a measurement in order to obtain accurate body fat percentage?

It is recommended to take a measurement in the morning, when at least 2 hours have passed after having breakfast before having lunch, in the afternoon 2 hours after having lunch before having dinner, or when at least 2 hours have passed after having dinner before bedtime because there is less change in body water in such time periods.

How do I disinfect the nebulizing parts?

To disinfect the parts, use one of the methods described below:

  • Use a commercially available disinfectant. Follow the instructions provided by the disinfectant manufacturer.
    1. Submerge the parts in the cleansing solution for the specified period.
    2. Remove the parts and discard the solution.
    3. Rinse the parts with clean hot tap water, shake off excess water and allow to air dry in a clean environment.
  • Parts may be boiled between 15 to 20 minutes (except for PVC mask).After boiling, carefully remove the parts, shake off excess water and allow to air dry in a clean environment.

Do blood pressure measurement results differ between the upper arm and the wrist?

In general, blood pressure measurements taken at the wrist and taken on the upper arm may vary by +/- 10 mmHg. Always consult with your doctor before using a wrist monitor.

If a circulatory condition exists such as; arterial blockage, narrowing of the arteries or another disorder that may effect blood flow, blood pressure results may greatly differ between measurements taken on the upper arm and measurements taken at the wrist.

Which is more important systolic or diastolic reading?

Both readings are important. One measures your blood pressure during a heart contraction and the other measures blood pressure between heart contractions. For your particular situation, you should discuss both measurement results with your doctor.

When should the filter be changed on the unit?

If the filter changes color, medication has spilled on the filter, or the filter been used for 60 days the filter should be changed. DO NOT RUN NEBULIZER WITHOUT FILTER.

How do I remove moisture in the air tube?

If there is moisture or liquid remaining in the air tube, follow the procedure below:

  1. Make sure that the air tube is still connected to the air connector of the compressor.
  2. Unplug the air tube from the nebulizer kit.
  3. Turn on the compressor and pump air through the air tube to expel the moisture.

What is Morning Hypertension?

Morning Hypertension is defined as the weekly average for morning blood pressure reading (blood pressure measured within 1 to 2 hours after awakening in the morning) exceeding 135/85 mmHg.

There are two types of morning hypertension:

Patients either have consistently high blood pressure through the night or experience blood pressure increases while asleep Patients experience extreme dips in blood pressure at night and extreme surges in the morning.

In either case, it is very difficult to detect morning hypertension. By the time patients go to see a doctor, their blood pressure may have already decreased--making the condition impossible to diagnose. That is why doctors recommend monitoring blood pressure at home.

Significant Impact
There are important reasons why patients are being encouraged to differentiate between general hypertension and morning hypertension. It is common knowledge that cardiovascular events and stroke are more common in the morning, and both appear to be linked to morning hypertension. Organ damage and diabetic complications also seem to correlate with morning blood pressure surges.

Why is the medication leaking?

The medication may overflow if more than 7ml of medication is poured into the bottle.

To prevent the medication from leaking make sure the medication bottle and the mesh cap are properly closed. Make sure there is no visible damage to the medication bottle or mesh cap.

Are there any age restrictions for using a nebulizer system?

There are no age restrictions for the use of a nebulizer with pediatric and adult patients in the home, hospital and sub-acute care settings. The use of the device is restricted based on the prescribed medication. Your physician will determine the correct nebulizer to use with your prescribed medication.

Should the nebulizer parts be cleaned after each use?

All nebulizer parts should be cleaned after each use as directed in the instruction manual. Following the cleaning instructions will prevent any medication in the bottle from drying resulting in the device not nebulizing effectively and prevent the risk of infection.

When taking a blood pressure measurement why does my arm need to be at heart level?

Positioning your arm below heart level leads to an overestimation of systolic and diastolic pressures and raising the arm above heart level leads to underestimation.

The magnitude of this error can be as great as 10 mm Hg for systolic and diastolic pressures.

Can the body composition be used if the person has a pacemaker?

This monitor cannot be used with a cardiac pacemaker or other implanted medical devices. Do not use, or allow others to use, this monitor if fitted with a cardiac pacemaker or other medical device.

What is body fat percentage?

Percent body fat is the percentage of fat your body contains. Body fat percentage refers to the amount of body fat mass as part of the total bodyweight.

Can I take a blood pressure measurement on my arm without removing clothing?

Remove tight fiting clothing from your upper arm. Do not roll the clothing on your arm.

We recommend removing clothing from your arm. If clothing interferes with the measurement an error message may display on the screen.

Why do I need to wait between readings?

Taking a blood pressure measurement constricts your arteries.

We recommend, you wait 1 to 2 minutes between measurements.

This allows your arteries to return to their condition prior to taking the measurement.

You may need to wait longer depending on your physiological condition.

What is BMI (Body Mass Index)?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height.

BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Calculated using kilograms and meters:
weight in kilograms / height in meters / height in meters

Why does the body fat percentage values change with age?

OMRON Body Composition Monitor estimate body fat percentage from personal data including height, weight, age, and gender as well as body impedance.

Fat generally changes with advancing age; therefore, the measured values naturally change with age.

How does a Body Composition Monitor work?

Omron Body Composition Monitor estimates the body fat percentage by the Bioelectrical Impedance Method.

Muscles, blood, bones and body tissues with high water content conduct electricity easily. On the other hand, body fat does not store much water, therefore has little electric conductivity.

The Body Composition Monitor sends an extremely weak electrical current through your body to determine the amount of water in each tissue. You will not notice or feel the electrical current.

How is basal metabolism calculated?

Omron Body Composition Monitors calculate basal metabolism values based on a person's age, gender, height, weight and impedance. The calculation developed by Omron uses the highly individual values of muscle mass and body fat amounts.

What is basal metabolism?

Basal metabolism is the amount of energy required by an individual in the resting state, for such functions as breathing and circulation of the blood.

What is White Coat Hypertension?

White coat hypertension is defined as an increased blood pressure measurement that results from various influences in the professional environment, for example patient anxiety.

Why should I monitor my blood pressure at home?

Home blood pressure monitoring is one of the best methods of trending a person's blood pressure in their own environment. It provides valuable information to the doctor for developing treatment plans while allowing the person to participate in his or her own healthcare.

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure is the force on the walls of your blood vessels as blood flows through them. Your heart is like a pump. When it contracts, or beats, it sends a surge of blood through the blood vessels and pressure increases. This is called your systolic pressure.

When your heart relaxes between beats, your blood pressure decreases. This is called your diastolic pressure.

These two numbers provide important information about your health. When blood pressure is consistently above normal it is called hypertension (high blood pressure).

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