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Monitoring blood pressure at home can help in reducing risk of brain stroke

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OMRON Healthcare Singapore’s (OMRON) data review shows that the monitoring of blood pressure at home can help in reducing risk of brain stroke.

According to reports, hypertension is the most powerful modifiable risk factors for stroke, heart attack, and dementia. Lowering blood pressure can substantially reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality.

However, poor awareness and undertreatment has been reported in many Asian countries and regions. It is estimated to cause nearly 3.7 million deaths each year in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.

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Considering the asymptomatic nature of hypertension and the significant disease burden, it is essential to measure blood pressure regularly.

Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is recognized as a valuable tool to monitor blood pressure and facilitate effective detection of hypertension. Combined with the right drugs treatment, it can play a significant role in preventing stroke, heart attacks, and dementia.

According to OMRON‘s review, people who monitor their blood pressure at home are more likely to detect and manage hypertension — one of the leading causes of stroke.

Home blood pressure monitoring and tracking with the help of an app can help in identifying abnormal changes in blood pressure. If the changes are addressed and managed with the help of physicians, before they become severe, it can be an effective support for stroke prevention, especially among people who have a family history of hypertension or stroke.

Digital home blood pressure monitoring is a game-changer in the fight against stroke. It starts with managing hypertension — stroke’s biggest risk factor. Our devices are connected, accurate, and user-friendly, making it easy for people to monitor their blood pressure regularly and also keep their physicians and caregivers easily informed with the help of the OMRON connect app. This enables them to take more effective and timely decisions, rendering better management of their health and leading to fewer unexpected health events.

Frans Velkers, Managing Director, OMRON Healthcare Singapore

The review is based on an active user base of around 340 people, and more than 43,000 blood pressure readings across Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam over the period from November 2021 to October 2022.

This base consists of users who are regularly using OMRON Bluetooth-connected digital BP monitoring device and tracking their blood pressure with the OMRON connect app, as well as OMRON’s Health Gift program within the app.

I believe that monitoring of blood pressure at home is an essential aspect of controlling hypertension and managing co-morbidities like stroke, heart attack, and dementia. Regular monitoring aided by accurate digital devices allows for early detection of potential health issues and empowers patients to take control of their own health by making informed decisions under the guidance of their physicians. It’s important to incorporate monitoring in your daily regime to achieve optimal health and prevent potential complications in the long run.

Valery Feigin, Professor of Neurology & Epidemiology and Director of NISAN

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