Support Icon

Blog @ SunTech

Advice from the BP Measurement Experts

New Look, Same SunTech

PR-Announcement-01 A Deeper Look into the SunTech Rebrand

SunTech Medical recently released a new logo and overall brand refresh. Nothing about this change will impact the high level of service that we strive to provide each and every customer. However, we are sure there are questions about this rebrand and we wanted to help answer them. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions that aren’t answered here.

Continue reading
  547 Hits
547 Hits

Accuracy + Control = Living Longer

WHD_LiveLonger Remember, it is never too late to start building healthy habits!

As patients, we expect our healthcare providers to consistently deliver accurate results that inform us on our health conditions. Yet, we often fail to hold ourselves to that same expected level of accuracy and control while we are caring for our own minds and bodies outside of a clinic.

Why then should accurate and controlled blood pressure monitoring be a priority?

Continue reading
  389 Hits
389 Hits

Control What You Can, When You Can

WHD_Control By working healthy practices into your daily routine, you can gain more control over your hypertension and your overall health.

As international leaders in the field of blood pressure diagnostics, we are familiar the difficulties and concerns related to controlling hypertension. Despite how hard controlling blood pressure can be, it is very important. Being equipped with the knowledge to control your BP can help empower you to take better control of your health. That’s why we, as well as the International Society of Hypertension, have gathered a list of helpful tips and tricks that you can adopt to help yourself decompress and control your blood pressure.

Eight simple suggestions for controlling your blood pressure:

Continue reading
  541 Hits
541 Hits

World Hypertension Day – Accuracy

WHD-Accuracy-H Are you measuring your BP accurately?

Did you know that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading cause of a preventable death worldwide? In fact, over 10 million lives are lost to high blood pressure every year, and tragically, only half of this affected population is aware of the condition’s impact on the quality and longevity of their lives.

If hypertension is infamously fatal, then why is a large portion of the population unaware or mistreated for this condition? A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that a discrepancy could increase by home blood pressure monitoring devices measuring inaccurately up to 70% of the time, causing many hypertensive individuals to go undiagnosed by clinicians.

Here at SunTech, we take great pride in manufacturing quality blood pressure monitors that enable people globally to accurately measure their blood pressure. To ensure correct measurement techniques, we have compiled a list of factors to consider while you are roll up your sleeves and getting to know your numbers.

Continue reading
  436 Hits
436 Hits

Can Knowing Two Numbers Change the World?

World-Hypertension-Day-H This World Hypertension Day, do you know your numbers?

Yes. At SunTech, we believe that knowing two numbers (systolic and diastolic blood pressure) can help change the world. The better we know our numbers, the better equipped we are to monitor and manage our health. 

We invite you to join SunTech as we celebrate World Hypertension Day on Tuesday May 17th, 2022. World Hypertension Day is an awareness event initiated by the World Hypertension League to emphasize the prevalence and dangers of hypertension, as well as promote healthy practices to monitor and manage the condition. Stay tuned to learn more about this year’s theme of accuracy, control and living longer as we publish our 3-part blog series for World Hypertension Day.

Continue reading
  567 Hits
567 Hits

Why Does the Cuff Have to Be at Heart Level?

Dog-with-paw-at-hear-level For accurate BP readings, the cuff can be placed on the limb on a dog if the limb is elevated.


Have you heard the requirement for blood pressure (BP) readings that the cuff must be at the same height as the patient’s heart? You may already be aware that this is necessary for all oscillometric monitors to get the most accurate readings possible.

But why is this necessary for accuracy? 

Continue reading
  2777 Hits
2777 Hits

Walking for a Cause: SunTech Medical & the AHA's Heart Walk

DS-13696_HW_Social_Round_2_Facebook820

SunTech’s mission or Massive Transformational Purpose (MTP) is:

Saving & extending lives by enabling the world to know their vascular health

 

It is really exciting when we get the chance to support other organizations who share a similar mission, such as the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association funds more cardiovascular and stroke research than any U.S. organization except the federal government. Some of the activities that the AHA funds include:

  • Public Health Education, including helping people identify the warning signs for heart attacks and strokes
  • Research seeking new discoveries related to causes, prevention, and treatment of heart disease and stroke
  • Professional Education & Training
  • Community Service focused on detection of cardiovascular and stroke-related problems
Continue reading
  1707 Hits
1707 Hits

When should veterinary blood pressure cuffs be replaced?

Chloe_20210824-150208_1 Chloe is modelling our size #3 Vet Cuff

Here at SunTech we get this question a lot: How do I know when it is time to replace an old blood pressure cuff? 

There are a couple of foolproof ways to tell if your BP cuffs are getting worn out.

Continue reading
  1953 Hits
1953 Hits

Beyond Office BP: ABPM vs. HBPM

abpm-v-hbpm-feat.-pups ABPM and HBPM in action

 When it comes to the diagnosis of high blood pressure, or hypertension, in patients, many health organizations, including the American Heart Association, recommend either Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) or home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM). This is recommended for most patients with high in-office BP readings.

These two methods of diagnosing hypertension are often considered superior to solely relying on in-office BP readings, which might offer a misleading picture of your patients’ health and could lead to misdiagnosis and over or under-medication.

But what are the differences between ABPM and HBPM? Does one practice offer any inherent benefits over the other?

 

Continue reading
  3137 Hits
3137 Hits

How to Talk to Your Patients about Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

doctor-patient-education

The rate of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) studies is on the rise with more and more clinical organizations recommending ABPM for routine hypertension. While patients are familiar with office and home blood pressure monitors, ABPM remains a relatively unknown procedure. How do you explain ABPM to your patients and ensure you get the compliance you need for accurate diagnosis and treatment?

A patient with high BP readings in the office is a prime candidate for ABPM to confirm diagnosis of hypertension. The American Heart Association recommends either ABPM or home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) for most patients with high in office BP readings.  

Continue reading
  2707 Hits
2707 Hits

In case you missed it...

Carrying Case Brochure

SunTech Medical Launches New Vet BP Monitor Carrying Case

We are very excited to announce the release of a new Vet BP Monitor carrying case made for our Vet monitors. This new case adds both a new level of utility as well as protection to our already rugged and colorful Vet BP monitors.

This case was specifically designed with our veterinarians and vet techs in mind. The durable nylon case fits any of our SunTech Vet BP monitors with their monitor accessories and has 2 large pockets on each side for cables or cuffs. Having all your BP equipment organized in this case makes moving everything from one patient room to the next a breeze.

Going off-site? Easily transport the monitor holding the top handle or simply attach the adjustable shoulder strap and wear it over the shoulder. Love pockets? We do too! There is yet another large pocket on the bottom of the case that is detachable and holds large, flat items such as equine size cuffs.

Continue reading
  2842 Hits
2842 Hits

SunTech Vet BP Free Item Promotion - Extended!

Vet Promo ExtensionGood news! Our Vet BP Free Item Promotion has now been extended until March 31st, 2021 due to popular demand!

 

Here's how you can get a pack of 6 cuffs, a monitor carrying case, or an AccuVet temperature probe FREE.

 

After your purchase of a Vet30, Vet25E, or Vet30E monitor, go to our website to register your device and enter in one of the rebate codes below.

 

Continue reading
  2856 Hits
2856 Hits

Can Sleep Quality Impact Your Blood Pressure?

Could poor sleep or not enough sleep lead to an increase in your blood pressure (BP)? It’s not fully understood how and why, but it’s thought that sleep helps regulate stress hormones and helps your nervous system to remain healthy.  Over time, lack of sleep could hurt your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high blood pressure (hypertension).1

Dr. Michael Grandner, Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, says, “Hypertension is a key cardiovascular risk factor.  There are now many studies that have been able to show that insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality are related to the development of high blood pressure and other aspects of heart disease.”  Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Those with this disorder have been found to be at higher risk of hypertension.2

hypertension bp suntech

Continue reading
  3959 Hits
3959 Hits

High Blood Pressure and COVID-19

NOTE: COVID-19 is an evolving public health emergency. The following information is based on currently available guidance, however, is it not intended to replace guidance from state and local health authorities or your doctor. Always consult your doctor for any health questions you may have.

It can be hard to stay on top of all the news about the coronavirus pandemic and the various symptoms and risk factors. How is blood pressure related to the risk of COVID-19? Should I keep taking my blood pressure medications? Is it too risky to go to the doctor or hospital during the pandemic? SunTech Medical, the leader in blood pressure technology and solutions, has put together the following resources to help you answer those questions and more.

Continue reading
  3399 Hits
3399 Hits

New SunTech ABPM Reimbursement FAQ for 2020

 

doctor on laptop

Revisions to CMS guidelines on ABPM reimbursement make it the perfect time to offer 24-hour out-of-office blood pressure measurement to your patients. For more information on reimbursement, see our 2020 ABPM Reimbursement FAQ.

 

Continue reading
  3793 Hits
3793 Hits

A Surprising Number of Clinicians Fail to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure

 

clinician frustrated about blood pressure results

A surprising number of clinicians fail to accurately measure  blood pressure according to a recent joint survey of more than 2,000 healthcare professionals conducted by the AMA and the American Heart Association. One of the most striking highlights were only 1 in 10 medical assistants were able to answer all 6 of the best-practice in blood pressure (BP) measurement questions.

 


According to American Medical Association (AMA) president Dr. Patrice, Harris, “Hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and preventable death in the U.S. Inaccurate blood pressure readings can lead to diagnosis errors, which means getting an accurate reading is vital to treating the condition.”

A recent study published in the journal Hypertension found an increase in high blood pressure (hypertension) cases during pregnancy. By reviewing CDC data on >151 million women between 1970 and 2010, the researchers found a 6% yearly increase in hypertension. The implications being complications for the mother, such as preeclampsia, or an increased risk of preterm birth.

Although the need for accurate BP measurement is clear, the joint survey showed the gap in BP knowledge that many healthcare professionals have. The most frequently missed best-practice question was about proper cuff-wrap-inflation, followed by proper brachial artery cuff position. Both factors are critical to getting an accurate BP reading. Even though the healthcare professionals surveyed were aware of the opportunities for error in BP measurement, BP refresher training is reported to be infrequently held.

The same AMA-AHA survey suggested that healthcare professionals believe up to 41% of BP measurements taken across all medical practices are less than 100% accurate. Although the overall error rate was acknowledged, most respondents felt that their practice was better than the norm.

To ensure an accurate reading, consider these 10 factors that can affect blood pressure readings and advice from our Clinical Manager:

  • If you have a wound, do not apply a BP cuff over, as this can cause further injury.
  • If you have had a single mastectomy, do not apply a BP cuff to the arm on that side. In the case of double mastectomy, use the side of the least dominate arm.
  • Too frequent BP measurements can cause injury due to blood flow interference.

Additional Resources:

To learn more about the basics of BP, see this TedEd on How blood pressure works by Wilfred Manzano.

Want to try your hand at taking a BP reading? Check out this BP simulation.

Sources:

https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/new-research-shows-need-re-training-blood-pressure-measurement

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/safety-quality/ama-aha-look-retrain-physicians-measure-blood-pressure

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/a-growing-problem-pregnancy-vs-high-blood-pressure/2019/11/08/0ff37238-fb52-11e9-ac8c-8eced29ca6ef_story.html

  3964 Hits
3964 Hits

Why Does Your Cat Have High Blood Pressure?

 

sick cat1

This year on International Cat Day (August 8th), take a few minutes to learn about the most common diseases and conditions that can cause your cat to have hypertension, or high blood pressure.

 

Continue reading
  5724 Hits
5724 Hits

New Guidelines for Measuring Blood Pressure from the American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Logo

The American Heart Association just released a scientific statement on blood pressure (BP) measurement that outlines new guidelines for accurately measuring blood pressure. This is the first time the AHA has made significant updates to their recommendations since 2005. In the statement they describe and compare different methods of measuring BP and make many recommendations. What are the key points that a physician should learn from this new paper?

 

Continue reading
  11735 Hits
11735 Hits

Insights from AAEP 2018 (American Association of Equine Practitioners Conference)

 

Horse with Woman Rider in Field

SunTech announced just last week that a new veterinary blood pressure algorithm is under development. This new algorithm will be fine-tuned for equine physiology and will offer a non-invasive way to measure blood pressure on horses. To make the announcement, SunTech exhibited at the 64th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to attend the convention with the primary goal of better understanding how veterinarians use and measure blood pressure today in their equine patients.

 

Continue reading
  4064 Hits
4064 Hits

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Reconsidering ABPM Reimbursement and Coverage

 

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Reconsidering ABPM Reimbursement and Coverage stethoscope with calculator

The US reimbursement guidelines for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) may change after the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) penned a joint letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting that CMS reconsider the current ABPM guidelines.

 

Continue reading
  4690 Hits
4690 Hits

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://suntechmed.com/

We use cookies
Cookies are small text files that are downloaded onto your device when accessing this website and may entail sharing of data with 3rd parties. SunTech's cookies can be categorized as Required (necessary for the website to function properly, such as providing secure log-in or remember your preferences), Analytical (collect statistical usage data for website optimization) and/or Targeted Advertising (track your activity to deliver marketing content tailored to your interests, within and beyond SunTech websites). Click “ACCEPT” to agree to our terms and allow cookies or click “DENY" to refuse. If you choose "DENY" you may still access portions of this site, however, some functionality will not work.