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Blood pressure monitor guidelines

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Central (or aortic) pulse pressure, which can be measured noninvasively with Omron Healthcare's HEM-9000AI monitor, is added to the list of blood pressure indicators in the new European Society of Hypertension/European Society of Cardiology 1guidelines for managing hypertension. The guidelines, released in June, note that the prognostic role of the Omron approach, which estimates aortic blood pressure based on a reading from a peripheral artery, still "needs to be further confirmed in more large-scale observational and interventional studies" before it drives physician practice. HEM-9000AI has been available in the United States since 2006 and in Japan, where the firm is based, since 2005. Omron plans to launch the device in Europe and other parts of Asia in the near future...
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