February 09, 2010 14:17 ET

Omron Healthcare Encourages Blood Pressure Monitoring Awareness During American Heart Month

Take Time Out for Number One and Keep Blood Pressure Top of Mind

BANNOCKBURN, IL--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) -

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As February marks American Heart Month, it's important to create awareness about simple steps that can help prevent the nation's number one killer, cardiovascular disease. One of the easiest ways to monitor one's heart health is through in-home blood pressure monitoring. What many don't realize is that blood pressure monitoring is essential to a healthy regimen, as high blood pressure affects nearly one in three adults in the U.S., or more than 73 million people.

Why At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring?

Monitoring blood pressure regularly can help you be more aware of your overall health. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is often called "the silent killer" because of its lack of symptoms, but with an accurate home blood pressure monitor, you can get an early detection on your numbers. Omron Healthcare blood pressure monitors have been clinically tested, evaluated and proven to meet the rigorous safety and accuracy standards set by independent organizations. Available at major pharmacy stores and online retailers nationwide, Omron offers a full line of upper arm and wrist blood pressure monitors with a variety of features to meet the needs of many consumers.

In addition to monitoring, be conscious of your overall health to help keep your heart in check. Unhealthy habits, including high salt intake, too much alcohol, and smoking, can increase anyone's risk of high blood pressure.

Are You The ONE?

Certain groups are at higher risk and should take special precautions. Studies show that nearly half of all African-American adults are affected by high blood pressure; one in 12 teenagers suffer from high blood pressure; and hypertension is two times as prevalent in obese adults.

Follow @OmronHomeBP on Twitter for a chance to win an Omron blood pressure monitor during American Heart Month. Starting Feb. 1, 2010, one Omron blood pressure monitor will be given away to a follower each day through the end of the month. Check out the official rules for details on how to participate at on Feb. 1 and get tips on how to monitor your blood pressure at home.

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