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What is Atrial Fibrillation?

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. It increases the risk of a blood clot forming inside the heart. If the clot travels to the brain, it can lead to a stroke.

People with Atrial Fibrillation are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Yet 66% of AFib strokes can be averted with treatment.

stats on atrial fibrillation

What causes Atrial Fibrillation?

With Atrial Fibrillation, the heart’s upper chambers will contract randomly and sometimes at high speed to the point where the heart muscle cannot relax properly between contractions.

Normally, the muscular walls will contract to force blood out and around the body, then relax so the heart can fill with blood again.

The cause of this is not fully known, but tends to affect people over the age of 65. It can be triggered by certain situations, such as drinking alcohol in excess, and smoking. There is no hard and fast rule however, as perfectly healthy people can succumb to Atrial Defibrillation.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

    • Heart palpitations
    • Tiredness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dizziness
    • Feeling faint

Treating Atrial Fibrillation

With appropriate treatment, the risk of a stroke can be substantially reduced.

it is possible to be treated by your GP,  and be given blood thinning medications to reduce the likelihood of blood clots. Anticoagulant medicines make the blood take longer to clot, making it a vital part of helping prevent strokes.

In more extreme cases, you may be referred to a Cardiologist, or more specifically, a cardiac Electrophysiologist. They will focus on your heart’s timing, electrical system, or diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.

Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation

As is fairly standard, the main way to prevent Atrial Fibrillation is by maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes exercising, avoiding excessive drinking, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet.

If you have concerns about your heart rate and blood pressure, visit your GP. They may recommend purchasing a blood pressure monitor to keep an eye on certain levels. Make an appointment with your GP if you notice a sudden change in your heartbeat or your heart rate is consistently lower than 60 or above 100.

A&D AFib+ Technology in Blood Pressure Monitors

The TM-2441 and TM-2440 are both compact & lightweight Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors, which incorporate A&D’s latest technology. This ABPM range is validated in accordance with the new ISO810601-2 protocol, and the blood pressure accuracy is proven to be +/-3mmHg.

The new, unique Afib+ technology allows patient screening for both Irregular HeartBeat and Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

A&D AFib technology

The A&D UA-767S-W and UA-767S sets the standard for personal use. It benefits from 2nd generation IHB technology, which now measures the frequency of IHB (Irregular Heart Beat) detection – shown by icons and divided into different grades. This now enables the user/clinician to see how often IHB has been detected – indicating the level of risk to the patient.

Click the image below to take a closer look at the products.new a&d afib products

Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

Choosing The Right Blood Pressure Monitor

At the time of posting we have over 50 items in our Digital Blood Pressure Monitors category so it is understandable how it can be daunting trying to chose the correct one for your needs.

Below, you will find our guide to choosing the right blood pressure monitor for you.

Blood pressure cuff on mans arm

For Use At Home

The beauty of digital blood pressure monitors is how easy they are to use, with no need for intimate knowledge of the heart. You can strap it on and get your readings almost right away.

Our best seller for use by the public is the Omron M6. This machine is not only easy to use and read with a Large LED display, but also comes with a day/night mode, advanced averaging function and irregular heartbeat detection. This means that more can be done at home and less time needs to be spent with a doctor. You can also get small and large cuffs, from 17cm to 42cm in diameter.

omron m6 blood pressure monitor

Another popular brand is A&D. Our current best seller of theirs is the A&D UA-651, which is small and lightweight as well as having a 30 reading memory and irregular heart beat indicator. This gives you a clear indication of when you need to see a professional.

In summary, digital blood pressure monitors can be fantastic to have at home. From simple, to more complex detection options, there are a range of prices and functionalities to suit you.

Professional Blood Pressure Monitors

Some monitors are too advanced to be viable for home use but are perfect for doctors, nurses and other medically trained professionals.

omron hbp1100 and omron hbp 1300 blood pressure monitor

The Omron HBP1100 and the Omron HBP1300 are the link between home and professional monitors, being suitable for both environments. Both offer amazing functionality and accurate measurements as well as being clinically certified. The HBP1300 even comes with a handle and shook proof bumper so is perfect for someone on the go.

Truly professional blood pressure monitors such as the Welch Allyn ProBP 2400 are not suitable for home use. This BP machine can detect irregular heart beats and uses microprocessor-controlled deflation rate which provides consistent technique. It also comes with a manual mode so it can be used much like a sphygmomanometer.

The most high end BP machines can reach up to £2000, and are rarely found outside of hospitals or private clinics. An example of such machine is the Spacelabs 90217. It utilises a proprietary oscillometric algorithm which has been proven in over 20 years use in paediatric, adolescent, adult and elderly patients with a variety of disorders. It also includes advanced Artefact Rejection Algorithms which discriminates between pressure signals, patient movement and respiratory artefacts. BP monitors like this should only be used by medical professionals.

Something Different

It’s not just the classic arm cuff and monitor setup available on the market. A popular option is the QardioArm Wireless iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor. This machine connects wirelessly to your smart phone and keeps track of any recordings you take. You can also connect with other people, including friends, family and your doctor, creating a support network for better health.

qardioarm iphone blood pressure monitor

 

Medisave and Riester attend BHS Clinical Education Meeting for Primary Care

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, Medisave were delighted to support Riester at the British Hypertension Society Clinical Education Meeting for Primary care at the Institute of Child Health in London.  Intending to support best practice and successful implementation of evidence based management and guidelines, the meeting has attracted over 1,400 GP’s Primary Care Cardiovascular leads, Lead pharmacists and nurses.

 

The programme was based on new developments in the assessment and treatment of hypertension in the community and aimed to consider pragmatic approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease and to achieve targets, including recent advice regarding use of ambulatory monitors.

 

In the afternoon Professor of Primary Care Research Richard McManus of the University of Oxford discussed the merits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in Primary Care. Alongside demonstrating Riester aneroid sphygmomanometers like the new E-Mega and diagnostic products such as the Ri-LED, a keen interest was shown in the ambulatory monitors such as the Omron M24/7, the A&D ABPM TM-2430 and the Welch Allyn 6100s – particularly in the wake of the recently released NICE Hypertension guidelines advising each GP surgery to keep at least one ABPM monitor in situ. It also gave us a chance meet with the makers of the revolutionary ABPM device the BPro Wrist ABPM with Software which proved a big success with the delegates and an item which we now are pleased to stock and sell.  All in all a successful day for Riester and Medisave and the opportunity to discuss current recommendations and procedures with those at the forefront of the latest assessments.