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Medical Vital Sign Analyzer – enhanced quality health checks

An ever-increasing number of people across the globe are suffering from conditions associated with high blood pressure and excess weight. To combat this trend, education and prevention play a central role alongside basic medical care. Indeed, for many patients, their GP is the first port of call when they have questions concerning their health, as they have had a hand in their treatment for many years.

Not only can a great deal of information about the body’s basic functions and level of health be obtained from a patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation, a person’s height and weight also provide valuable insights. Consequently, this data should be recorded routinely during every physical check-up. In reality, however, the importance of these checks is frequently underestimated, as they are often either only performed at irregular intervals or not carried out at all. Indeed, the number of overweight people, and the accompanying risk of weight-associated health problems, has been on the rise for years. More and more young people are also affected, meaning that they, too, can develop arterial hypertension at an early age.

More often than not, these checks are not performed properly. If, for example, blood pressure is taken the moment the patient arrives at the surgery, after having just hurried up the stairs, this can produce an anomalously high reading. The same applies if the patient has consumed a caffeinated drink before the check is carried out or if they are stressed. In some patients, the latter leads to what is known as ‘white coat hypertension’ which only occurs when they visit a doctor, despite their blood pressure being otherwise normal. Knowledge of these disturbance variables can tempt doctors to tolerate increased readings in some patients.

Current research findings, on the other hand, indicate narrow blood pressure limits. With systolic pressure of 120 mmHg and higher, every further increase of 20 mmHg carries with it a doubled risk of cardiovascular disease. In response, the American Heart Association (AHA) revised its guidelines and, as early as 2017, lowered the limit for arterial hypertension from 140/90 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg. The AHA also issued instructions on how to take a patient’s blood pressure correctly, not only considering the latest state of science in doing so, but also as an attempt to encourage doctors and patients alike to take early action.

This is why recording a patient’s weight and checking their vital signs is recommended as part of every visit to a doctor. Not only does this assist in the early detection of adverse developments, it is also an opportunity to make the patient aware of any health risks.

However, there is often a huge difference between theory and practice. Checking a patient’s vital signs each time they visit a doctor is desirable, yet time restrictions frequently cause this procedure to be skipped altogether.

To counteract this, seca has developed the seca mVSA – an efficient, reliable device for checking a patient’s basic vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, SpO₂ and temperature. This device provides the answers to a wealth of questions in just one step. Featuring a high-performance lithium ion battery and an internal memory that can store up to 70,000 readings, the spot-check monitor was conceived for use while on the move and when stationary, meaning it can be used both at the doctor’s surgery or during home visits. In addition, the seca mVSA can be integrated into an existing network, facilitating accurate and time-efficient data transfer into a patient’s digital file, as well as connecting to compatible scales and measuring systems.

The seca mVSA provides comprehensive information quickly. This not only helps to evaluate the patient’s state of health and make a diagnosis, it also makes it easier to broach the often difficult subject of lifestyle changes with them. It enables routine check-ups to be performed efficiently, saving both resources and time – an added bonus to any routine check-up.

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