OMRON Healthcare launches Complete, a breakthrough in home ECG
2-in-1 capabilities make ECG screening convenient as part of BP reading routine
Widespread adoption of AFib detection technology for home – a major cause of stroke – could be transformative for healthcare professionals and patients alike
Hoofddorp, Netherlands. XX June, 2021 - OMRON Healthcare, a global leader in health monitoring and therapy, presents OMRON Complete, its first single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood pressure (BP) monitor for home use. Designed for detection of atrial fibrillation (AFib) -the most frequently encountered arrhythmia in clinically practice1-, OMRON Complete incorporates clinically validated2 ECG technology that can be used simultaneously with the usual BP check, which could potentially decrease consultation time and unnecessary appointments, in a context of rampant demand for healthcare services.
Because high blood pressure has been confirmed by the medical guidelines as a risk factor in nearly 60% of the AFib cases, leading medical guidelines explicitly recommend opportunistic AFib screening in hypertensive patients3 and systematic screening of all individuals over the age of 75. This evidence proves that widespread adoption of home blood pressure monitoring technology enhanced with ECG capabilities would enable people and clinicians alike to detect the presence of AFib and to keep this risk factor for stroke under control once a proper diagnosis has been conducted.
“We developed Complete to make identifying the leading cause of strokes4 more accessible and routine,” said Lucía Prada, Marketing Director of OMRON Healthcare Europe. “AFib can show no symptoms and may not be present during doctors’ visits because the episodes come and go, which means it’s often left undiagnosed. That is why we saw the need to get ECGs into the home, where regular readings can be taken by at-risk patients and shared with GPs to increase these odds alongside their usual blood pressure readings, without any additional inconvenience.”
“It’s all about building a more complete picture of cardiovascular health,” mentioned André van Gils, Global Senior General Manager at OMRON Healthcare. “In providing practitioners with far more comprehensive data sets for chronic diseases such as AFib and hypertension, managing and preventing serious incidents becomes a lot more achievable. Technology like this has the power to save lives while enabling practitioners to deliver more personalised care and represents a concrete step forward in our zero cardiovascular events vision”.
The technology behind OMRON Complete
OMRON Complete comprises an arm cuff and a blood pressure monitoring unit equipped with a smartphone docking station, 2 top electrodes and 2 side electrodes used to place the thumbs and fingers for taking the ECG readings. After pairing the OMRON connect app to the device and opening the app, the blood pressure and ECG readings (>30 sec) will be displayed on the smartphone screen, including a clear message of whether AFib is detected or not along with further, more detailed information. This data is automatically recorded and can be shared with GPs to provide comprehensive records of ECG and BP readings. This helps users better manage their condition, check efficacy of treatment, and continue important care conversations after in-clinic visits.
Complete works with single-lead ECG technology, which according to the new ESC 2020 guidelines can be used by healthcare professionals to diagnose AFib.
Information on Atrial Fibrillation
AFib is the leading cause of stroke, contributing to 20%-30% of all strokes5. Furthermore, strokes from this condition are more disabling and more often fatal than strokes with other causes3. Consequences of strokes can severely compromise the survivor’s ability to live their life at the fullest, as a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do.
While AFib can present no subjective symptoms in many cases, those commonly associated with the condition include6 palpitations (being aware of your heart beating fast), breathlessness, chest pain and fatigue.
In 2019 the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) called for urgent action5 to prevent, detect and treat AFib, estimating that over 7.6 million people over 65 had AFib in the EU (including UK) in 2016, with prevalence rates set to rise up to 22% by 2060.
Notes to Editors
More information on OMRON Complete can be found here: www.omron-healthcare.co.uk/electrocardiograms/complete.html
About OMRON Healthcare
Committed to helping people live more active and fulfilling lives with zero compromise, OMRON Healthcare is a global leader in the field of clinically proven, innovative medical equipment for health monitoring and therapy.
Throughout its 87-year history OMRON Healthcare has been striving to improve lives and contribute to a better society by developing innovations that help people prevent, treat and manage their medical conditions, both at home and in clinical practice in over 117 countries.
OMRON Healthcare is the Global No.1 brand in both blood pressure monitors, with over 200 million units sold, as well as nebulisers for respiratory treatment with over 30 million devices sold. The company’s additional core product categories are low-frequency pain therapy equipment, body composition monitors and electronic thermometers.
OMRON Healthcare Group is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. OMRON Healthcare Europe B.V. is the healthcare division for Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa and provides services to customers in more than 74 countries.
1 Chugh SS, Havmoeller R, Narayanan K, et al. Worldwide epidemiology of atrial fibrillation: a Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. Circulation. 2014;129:837–847
2 Senoo K, Miki T, Okura T, et al. Diagnostic value of atrial fibrillation by built-in electrocardiogram technology in a blood pressure monitor. Circ Rep. 2020;2(7):345-350
3 ESC Guidelines 2020 for diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation.
4 OMRON Healthcare – Communications Guideline p. 11
5 European Society of Cardiology https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Atrial-fibrillation-set-to-affect-more-than-14-million-over-65s-in-the-EU-by-2060
6 Esato M, Chun YH, An Y, et al. Clinical Impact of Asymptomatic Presentation Status in Patients With Paroxysmal and Sustained Atrial Fibrillation: The Fushimi AF Registry. Chest. 2017;152(6):1266-1275.