Monday, September 10, 2018

Omron Healthcare and The Philippine Society of Hypertension initiates 'BPrecise' Awareness Campaign

More and more Filipinos are suffering from hypertension without them knowing it
It’s easy to know you’re sick when you have the signs or symptoms. But when your illness is asymptomatic (where you'll just wake up one day and find out you're sick without any warning), that can be very alarming. 

Omron launches BPrecise campaign with the Philippine Society of Hypertension

Most hypertensive patients have no symptoms. The known symptoms of hypertension like headache, dizziness, nape pain, and blurring of vision are non-specific and could be due to other causes. The best way to find out is to have one’s blood pressure taken. It's very easy to do and it only takes a few minutes to do it. 

Unfortunately, perhaps due to the Filipino diet, based on the national survey released by the Department of Health in 2017, the total number of hypertensive Filipinos is now more than 12 million, with more than half of them are unaware of their condition. Roughly, that is one out of four to five Filipinos in general.

Junk food and fast food are the main culprit

In my opinion, the main culprit is the not-so-healthy lifestyle of Filipinos that are making us sick. Many Filipinos are still smoking, we eat a lot of processed foods including junk foods, add the presence of fast foods  too and we don’t exercise enough plus we live a stressful life. High BP and other heart diseases result from the interaction of genetics and environmental or lifestyle factors. The best way to control and prevent hypertension is still a combination of proper diet, regular exercise and intake of medicines.
Omron BP Monitoring Devices

People (with BP readings) are now categorized as having either elevated pressure [120 to 129 systolic and less than 80 diastolic] or Stage 1 hypertension [130 to 139 systolic or 80 to 89 diastolic]. A reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher is considered Stage 2 hypertension, and anything higher than 180/120 mm Hg is hypertensive crisisThere's a new guideline also redefined the various categories of hypertension, eliminating the category of pre-hypertension, which had been defined as systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or diastolic pressure (the lower number in a reading) of 80 to 89 mm Hg.

That’s why the Omron Healthcare, the Philippines' most popular blood pressure monitor brand, in collaboration with the Philippine Society of Hypertension has launched the 'BPrecise'campaign--carrying an important message how important it is to keep tabs on one's blood pressure to help identify and diagnose unsuspecting hypertensive patients as well as improve treatment. 

Omron Executive talks about how the company has started

Omron Healthcare provides a wide range of health and medical care products for both household and professional use. It is considered as the most trusted brand among Filipinos and has served as perfect partner of medical care providers for years. Omron monitoring gadgets are the only clinically validated instruments that are as accurate and reliable measures of blood pressure by the Philippine Society of Hypertension. Their automated BP monitoring devices provide an easier and more convenient way for patients to do their self-measurement compared to the standard mercury sphygomomanometer. 

Dr. Deborah Ona of The Philippine Society of Hypertension

Among the innovative devices with precision instruments is the Omron Blood Pressure HEM-7120, a portable and easy-to-use home BP monitor that has unique and helpful features. It detects irregular heartbeat as well as records previous measurement. It is highly recommended by doctors for providing accurate results. It is compact and automatic and works on oscillometric principle to measure blood pressure and pulse rate without any hassle. This device comes with an extra-large LCD screen display, making easier to read. It also uses IntelliSense technology for comfortable and controlled inflation without the need of pressure pre-setting or re-inflation unlike other common devices.

Omron Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor

Omron Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor

The 'BPrecise' campaign aims to achieve "Zero Events," reducing the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as strokes and heart attacks to zero. It may seem far-fetched, but it is still a good start. With the joint forces of the Philippine Society of Hypertension and Omron Healthcare, the mission to considerably improve hypertension in the country will surely continue to save more lives. 

The people behind Omron and The Philippine Society of Hypertension

A handshake for the partnership between two entities

For more information on BPrecise of the Philppine Society of Hypertension and Omron Healthcare, follow Omron on Facebook and visit their website.

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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