Dr. Holmberg is the pharmacy coordinator at Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center in Mesa, Arizona.
In addition to routine monitoring, the Omron Women's Advanced Blood Pressure Monitor Elite 7300W has been clinically validated for use in women with preeclampsia and offers an option to help women monitor their blood pressure trends during pregnancy.2,3 Uncontrolled hypertension during pregnancy poses a threat to both the mother and baby. Potential maternal complications include damage to the kidney, liver, or brain, and potential fetal complications include low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth.3
The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure defines hypertension as blood pressure ≥140/90 mm Hg (130/80 mm Hg for patients with diabetes). Prehypertension is defined as systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure between 80 and 89 mm Hg. Patients who are identified as having prehypertension require lifestyle modifications to prevent cardiovascular complications.4
The Elite 7300W automatic blood pressure monitor is promoted specifically for women and is available in a slim design. It offers 2 cuff sizes: a standard 9- to 13-inch and a large 13- to 17-inch cuff. This allows the user to select a proper fit, thus improving the accuracy of the home readings. It also features the IntelliSense system, which inflates the cuff to its ideal level each time the monitor is used without requiring the patient to specify an inflation level prior to each use. This creates a quicker and more comfortable reading for the patient.5
The Elite 7300W automatically averages up to 3 readings when taken within 10 minutes and alerts the user if the average is above 135/85 mm Hg.1,5 In addition to the hypertension alert, the 7300W is able to detect any irregularities in the heartbeat. It automatically stores up to 84 readings for the primary user and allows storage for a guest user as well.1
The Elite 7300W has been tested per the protocols of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instruments (AAMI), the European Society of Hypertension, and the British Hypertension Society (BHS).2 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that patients choose a monitor that has been approved, tested, and validated by the AAMI, the BHS, or the International Protocol for the Validation of Automated Blood Pressure Measuring Devices.6
In order to obtain an accurate home blood pressure reading, it is important that the patient follows good technique. The AHA recommends the following:
Obtain readings at consistent times throughout the day as directed by a health care professional. For example, some professionals may wish to see morning and evening readings to assess blood pressure control throughout the day.6