THIS IS A SPONSORED POST
When I was asked to be a brand ambassador for the Omron Healthcare’s Going for Zero campaign, I did not have to think about my answer very long. The campaign is designed to work toward elimination of heart attacks and strokes. My father died with congestive heart failure, and at the time of her death, my mother’s heart was beginning to fail as well, so I do take it seriously………..now.
That was not always the case, as I have confessed many times on this blog. I did not become health conscious until just 12 years ago and only started a serious exercise program four years ago. Never too late to turn things around…right? Also, for the past three years I have attended the GO RED LUNCHEON hosted by the American Heart Association in February. The programs and testimonies I hear at these luncheons always get my attention and have been a part of changed behavior for me.
So, it is a perfect fit to begin working with Omron during February, American Heart Month, to call attention to the need for proper blood pressure monitoring which can be done at home. Omron Healthcare, Inc. is the global category leader in personal heart health and wellness technology, with a heritage of over 40 years. Omron is the #1 doctor and pharmacist recommended home blood pressure monitor brand on the market, and the brand is known for its clinically-validated accuracy. Cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death, and stroke is the top cause of adult disability in the U.S., with high blood pressure being the leading risk factor for both these conditions. Omron is working towards educating the public on the importance of monitoring your blood pressure at home, so that with greater awareness of your numbers, the incidence of one’s first encounter with hypertension will hopefully not be a life-threatening cardiac event.
My blood pressure tends to be all over the place, and skews high. I am a perfect example of what is known as the white coat effect. My blood pressure is always higher at a medical office because I get nervous when I go to any doctor in anticipation of what they will tell me. The highest my blood pressure has ever gone was at my doctor’s after they made me weigh in when I did not want to!! So, it makes sense to me to join this campaign and monitor my blood pressure on a regular basis at home to see if there is a problem or not. Doctors love data…so let’s give it to them. They can do the most for us and give better diagnosis when they have more data to evaluate.
I will be using the The Omron EVOLV®, the latest Omron innovation which is a portable, wireless upper-arm blood pressure monitor that is clinically validated for accuracy and has received FDA clearance. It is a sleek one-piece upper arm unit with no tubes or wires. The EVOLV is also equipped with Bluetooth technology which allows the device to seamlessly sync with the Omron Connect App to store, track and share data. I will be monitoring my blood pressure once a week for 90 days.
I will report back to you during this campaign and let you know all I am learning. There is a doctor available to me to learn from, and of course, I will stay in touch with my own doctor of the results.
Nearly 800,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S., but experts say that up to 80 percent of all strokes are preventable…that is where I want to be. I am doing this, because I MATTER.
Stay tuned for more information……………….and as always……………………..
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I am compensated as a brand ambassador, but the words are my own.