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Omron Blood Pressure Monitor Frequently Asked Questions

Omron Blood Pressure Monitor Frequently Asked Questions

Omron Blood Pressure Monitor Frequently Asked Questions


What causes a stroke?

A stroke, known scientifically as a cerebral vascular accident, occurs when a specific area of the brain is deprived of oxygen that is carried throughout the blood.

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

High blood pressure and severe, constant headaches are two strong warning signs of a stroke.

What happens when you have a stroke?

Communication from the brain that instructs muscle control and activity is cut off, either totally or partially. Intense ongoing therapy can restore this vital communication.

Larry Scire, ATC/L Manager, Sports Medicine Department, Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL

How to manage your high blood pressure?

Keep your doctors appointments. This will help everyone concerned monitor your blood pressure program and make any adjustments necessary.

If your doctor prescribes blood pressure drugs for you, take them as directed. If you don't feel well after taking a medication, tell your doctor how you feel. This will help your doctor adjust your treatment so you won't have unpleasant side effects.

Follow good sound medical advice regarding diet and exercise. Make an effort to lose weight if it's recommended. Make changes in your general health habits (such as getting more exercise) if you need to. Remind yourself that as long as you and your team of health advisors work together, you can control your blood pressure.

Why are my blood pressure readings different at the doctor's office compared to my readings at home?

In general, you will not get the exact same blood pressure reading twice in a row since blood pressure fluctuates constantly. Some people may experience what is known as White Coat Hypertension, meaning that blood pressure readings are higher at the doctor's office than at home. White Coat Hypertension is mainly attributed to the nervousness many experience in a physician's office. This condition makes home monitoring all the more valuable. When at home you experience less stress.

Should I adjust my own medication?

Absolutely not. Your physican should be the only one who adjusts your medicine ever!!!

If I take one reading and it's different than yesterday is the monitor defective?

Your goal with a home blood pressure monitor is to take a series of readings over a doctor suggested period of time. This will allow you and your physician an opportunity to get a better understanding of your condition and take the necessary corrective steps.

How do I know that my Omron blood pressure monitor is the brand I should go with?

Omron is the leading brand for blood pressure monitors supplying well over half of the US market. Omron focuses on developing quality healthcare products for both the medical community as well as for home use. Omron supports several clinical studies each year on our blood pressure monitors. This allows us to continue to gather a better understanding of the science of blood pressure as well as constantly improving the performance and ease of use.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure or hypertension means the pressure in your arteries is consistently above the normal range. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. Blood pressure is written as two numbers, such as 120/80mmHg. The top, systolic number is the pressure when the heart beats. The bottom, diastolic number is the pressure when the heart is at rest. High blood pressure is a consistently elevated pressure of 140 systolic or higher and/or 90 diastolic or higher.

Why are my blood pressure readings different at the doctor's office compared to my readings at home?

In general, you will not get the exact same blood pressure reading twice in a row since blood pressure fluctuates constantly. Some people may experience what is known as White Coat Hypertension, meaning that blood pressure readings are higher at the doctor's office than at home. White Coat Hypertension is mainly attributed to the nervousness many experience in a physician's office. This condition makes home monitoring all the more valuable. When at home you experience less stress.

Is it important to have the correct size cuff?

Yes, it is very important to have the correct size cuff. The wrong cuff size can cause readings to appear to be high. To determine your correct size measure the circumference of your left arm by using a cloth tape measure placed midway between your elbow and your shoulder.
  • Small Arm Cuff 7" to 9"
  • Standard (Medium) Arm Cuff 9" to 13"
  • Large Arm Cuff 13" to 17"
    Omron Blood Pressure Monitors are intended for use with the specified model cuff and only for the approved cuff sizes. Using an alternate cuff or an incorrect size cuff may cause inaccurate readings and damage to the cuff bladder. You may also use a cloth tape measure to determine your wrist size.

    How often should my blood pressure monitor be serviced? Is it necessary to recalibrate the monitor to ensure accuracy?

    We recommend you return your blood pressure monitor to Omron's Repair Department every three years. For information on how to return your blood pressure monitor to Omron Healthcare for service, please go to Omron Warranty & Repair Information.

    How long do I have to wait between readings?

    We recommend a 5 to 10 minute wait between readings. Some individuals may need more rest time between readings depending on physiological characteristics.

    How do I know when to quit pumping a manual pump, when cheking my blood pressure?

    When you see that the systolic number (the top) is 30 to 40 points higher than your normal blood pressure range then you should stop. If you have no idea what your blood pressure is, then you should stop at a maximum of 200 systolic.
    Keep in mind, that a normal systolic reading is 120 and you should consult your doctor if you feel your readings are inaccurate or if you are unsure as to how to read your blood pressure.

    What is Intellisense?
    The IntelliSenseā„¢ Monitor inflates the cuff to the ideal level with each use. No adjustments are required by the user to select an inflation level. This is especially convenient for hypertensive users and for people with certain arrhythmia or heart disorders, because their blood pressure is likely to fluctuate. The advantage is Personalized Inflation for maximum comfort.

    What if I have a question about the Omron Blood Pressure Monitor that is not answered here?

    Please feel free to contact with your question via Human Click, e-mail or call us at 1-919-844-9402.





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