Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition that affects millions of Canadians. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions. Hypertension Canada aims to raise awareness about hypertension and support healthcare professionals in delivering high-quality care to patients. One recommended action for patients is to monitor blood pressure at home, but how do they know a home device is accurate?
A&D Medical is proud to have our blood pressure monitors recommended by Hypertension Canada to deliver validated products, help individuals understand the importance of accurate blood pressure measurement, and encourage early detection and treatment. This is a key way healthcare providers and patients can make sure their monitors are accurate.
A recent webinar hosted by Hypertension Canada detailed several studies discussing the dangers of unvalidated devices. During this webinar, a number of specialists voiced their opinions on the problem of unreliable home blood pressure monitors being supplied in Canada. One of the panelists, Dr. Dean Picone from the University of Tasmania, Australia published a study in 2022 that concluded that over 3/4 of all home blood pressure monitors were unvalidated. Another study conducted by Jonathan Chan from the University of Alberta concluded that most home blood pressure devices sold in Canadian pharmacies were validated, but less than half sold online had any evidence of validation.
Hypertension Canada maintains a list of suggested home blood pressure monitors online to assist the public in making decisions about buying one. Here you can find a list of A&D medical devices that have been named certified validated products.
Hypertension Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the prevention and control of high blood pressure (hypertension) in Canada. It provides leadership and expertise in hypertension research, education, and advocacy to improve the health of Canadians. The organization has reviewed home blood pressure monitors offered in Canadian pharmacies and online in a similar manner. They discovered that less than half of the home blood pressure monitors offered online had any proof of validation, even though the majority of those sold in pharmacies were validated.
The organization collaborates with researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers to develop and update clinical guidelines for diagnosing, treating, and controlling hypertension. These guidelines help healthcare professionals make informed decisions and provide standardized care nationwide.