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Omron and AliveCor Help Americans with their Heart Health at Home

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | by

Two Companies Encourage Showing Your Heart the Love during American Heart Month

Many Americans don’t realize that regularly monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and heart rhythm at home can provide a more accurate picture of their heart’s heath – a great way to supplement doctor visits and instantly share useful information with healthcare professionals.

In honor of American Heart Month, Omron Healthcare, Inc. and AliveCor, Inc. are empowering people to take charge of their health through precise technology. With Omron’s new line of blood pressure monitors and AliveCor’s mobile wireless electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), the risk of heart attack and stroke has the potential to be reduced.

“It comes down to providing the right tools and educating Americans about taking good care of their number one organ – the heart,” said Ranndy Kellogg, chief operating officer, Omron Healthcare. “If we can get more people to start monitoring their blood pressure and ECG readings at home on a consistent basis, we can help save lives. What’s not to love about that?”

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) continues to be the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting more than 140 million people worldwide. With the FDA-cleared AliveCor Heart Monitor, users don’t have to be in a doctor’s office to get an accurate ECG. They can take a reading at home or on-the-go and easily share ECGs, AFib episodes and symptoms with a doctor immediately or at their next appointment.

Omron developed the first digital home blood pressure monitor 50 years ago and continues to be the global leader in home blood pressure monitoring today. The company recently launched their most precise monitors ever with Advanced Accuracy to help ensure accurate readings. Five times more data points are captured for a more precise reading; with more data points captured, interferences such as breathing and movement have less of an impact. Premium units include the easy wrap ComFit cuff which inflates around the entire arm to avoid incorrect positioning, and Omron’s proprietary algorithm allows for more consistency and precision.

Not only are Omron and AliveCor dedicated to making it easier to take care of your heart at home, they both combine accurate technology with connectivity in their products.

  • Omron’s Bluetooth Smart blood pressure monitors (10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor and 7 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor) enable users to take accurate blood pressure readings and then wirelessly transfer readings to their smartphone so they can know their stats anywhere, anytime. Launched last summer, the revamped Omron Wellness app is available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Omron Wellness app now integrates with Apple Health, incorporates email sharing of data with family or physicians and offers a hypertension notification when taking a reading.
  • The clinically proven, FDA-cleared AliveCor Heart Monitor works by simply resting fingers for 30 seconds on the monitor while it is attached to your mobile device, eliminating the need to be connected to any probes or wires. Most recently AliveCor received FDA clearance on two new algorithms* for their AliveECG app. AliveCor’s new algorithms include a Detector that displays automatically when an ECG is normal. The other new Detector will notify users immediately if there is any interference in a recording, sometimes called noise or artifact, which can make the ECG difficult to interpret. These Detectors deliver accurate and relevant real-time interpretations of mobile ECG recordings providing patients with valuable information on their heart health at their fingertips.

*These new features are expected to be available in the AliveECG app this quarter.

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Omron Healthcare, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of personal wellness products. Omron’s market-leading products include home blood pressure monitors, fitness solutions, such as pedometers and heart rate monitors, and electrotherapy devices. Since Omron invented its first digital thermometers and blood pressure monitors more than 50 years ago, the company has been passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health at home through precise technology. Helping people improve their ability to live a healthier life is the heart and soul of Omron’s purpose. For more information, visit www.omronhealthcare.com.

About AliveCor, Inc.
AliveCor Inc. is a global innovator in mobile technology for heart health. AliveCor works with health systems to help identify patients with undiagnosed heart conditions before potentially life-threatening conditions, like stroke, can occur. AliveCor helps diagnosed patient’s work with their physician to monitor, track and manage their condition in new ways. AliveCor is a privately-held company headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please visit www.alivecor.com.

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Media Contacts:

Johnna Purcell
Omron Healthcare
847-247-5637
johnna.purcell@omron.com

Rebecca Phillips
AliveCor
415-795-9807
rebecca@alivecor.com