Auto Control Medical Informs Hypertensive Patients

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How users of home blood pressure monitors can avoid getting inaccurate readings.

In response to the growing awareness of the importance of obtaining reliable home blood pressure readings, Auto Control Medical, the leading supplier of home blood pressure monitors in Canada, and LifeSource, the most recommended brand by Canadian pharmacists, wish to applaud current efforts to identify and correct reasons that home blood pressure monitors may not be realizing their full potential to aid in the fight against high blood pressure.

As became clear from a much-publicized study released during the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress this past weekend, thousands of Canadians who use Home Blood Pressure Devices make simple, avoidable, mistakes. Those mistakes can lead to false readings, potentially leading to over or under-treatment of their condition.

Physicians are paying more and more attention to home blood pressure readings, making it even more important to make sure those readings are accurate and reliable.

“We are devoted to getting the word out to home blood pressure monitor users and the pharmacists who sell these devices, what aids are available,” said Robert Burgy, Vice-President of Auto Control Medical. A Blood Pressure Monitor comparison chart, five models of which are validated for accuracy by the Canadian Hypertension Society, a ‘how to get the correct cuff size’ chart, validation studies and easy to understand animations on how to use these devices correctly, are all available on our web site http://www.autocontrol.com ”

"Getting reliable readings while measuring your blood pressure at home is important," said Burgy, adding, "improper use might lead to over or under-treatment of hypertension, a situation the physician, the patient and we as the supplier all want to avoid. This is the reason why LifeSource Blood Pressure Monitors only are available at professional outlets, such as pharmacies or home health care stores where training is available”.

Auto Control Medical advises Canadians with high blood pressure to buy home blood pressure devices that are right for them. Ask your health care professional what kind of device you should use. Read the instructions on the packaging and the manual that comes with the unit. Make sure you measure your arm circumference in order to buy the unit containing the right size cuff, to ensure accurate readings. When purchasing one of these devices, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist to instruct you on how to use your unit and what you should do if you believe your reading is abnormally high or low.

Auto Control Medical, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, distributes a full line of advanced electronic blood pressure monitoring equipment, diabetes management products and health care products for home and professional use. More information on Auto Control Medical and their product line is available on the company's web site, located at http://www.autocontrol.com

Contact:

Georgia Georgaklis

Auto Control Medical Inc.

ggeorgak@autocontrol.com

(514) 695 3005

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