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Blood Pressure

Learning from Our Customers

Customer feedback, positive or negative, whether from a reseller of our products or a consumer, has truly helped make ADC a better company. And though we all love when a customer heaps praise on our products or services, it is the criticisms that drive change in a company responsive to its customers’ needs. We learn something new every day.

New Data and Classic Advice for Men’s Health Month

There’s never a wrong time to prioritize health, but Men’s Health Week offers a perfect opportunity to focus on prevention and education. New data from CDC show a slight rise in death rates in the U.S., the first increase in years. For men, heart disease remains the top cause of death, with high blood pressure (also called hypertension) a major risk factor.

Blood Pressure in the News

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, a great time to share news about blood pressure measurement and hypertension. We discuss study results comparing readings from noninvasive blood pressure monitors to those obtained by manual measurement, along with a new meta-analysis that confirms what most would agree is a logical conclusion: lower blood pressure is better.

A Cup of Tea (or Three) a Day, Keeps Hypertension Away

Two recent meta-analysis studies, one in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and one in the International Journal of Cardiology, examined the correlation between green and black tea consumption and lower blood pressure values, finding not just a strong association but suggesting that higher consumption levels produced increasingly greater health benefits.

Home BP and You

Over the years, the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure has become increasingly apparent. While monitoring in the doctor’s office provides a snapshot, home monitoring is an ideal method of seeing the big picture. The trick, of course, is making sure that it is done right! So how do you ensure that blood pressure is taken properly at home?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s likely we’re all touched in some way by this terrible disease. Thanks to the American Cancer Society and dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment, and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. But that research takes money. Find out how ADC is taking part in the effort.

Check the Calibration of Your Sphyg

In previous posts, we’ve reviewed the 10 Steps to Accurate Manual Blood Pressure Measurement and 10 Factors That Can Affect Blood Pressure Readings. As important as these details are, accurate measurement also requires two things: A trained clinician and capable, well-maintained equipment. Learn more about keeping your sphygmomanometer properly calibrated.

Overpumping Can be Hazardous to Your Sphyg's Health

On average, it takes three compressions of a manual sphyg bulb to inflate an adult cuff to 200mmHg, the typical target on most patients. But for smaller cuffs (small adult, child, and infant) it takes far fewer compressions. Care must be used to prevent accidental over-inflation, which can risk patient discomfort or even injury, as well as damage to the manometer.

The ABC's of IFU's

IFU’s or Instructions for Use, sometimes called Owner’s Manuals or simply Operating Instructions, are everywhere. From the one-page sheet that comes with a new table lamp to the one-pound tome included with your new flat-screen TV, there’s no escaping them. And when you’re talking about medical devices, the importance of reading the IFU’s can't be overstated.

Another Study Demonstrates the Value of Home BP Monitoring

A hypertension self-management program resulted in a meaningful reduction in systolic blood pressure values in high risk patients, according to a study published in the Journal Of the American Medical Association. In the study, a group of patients were instructed to monitor at home and were trained to adjust their own medication dosages based on their readings.