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Validation of BP devices QardioArm® in the general population and Omron M6 Comfort® in type II diabetic patients according to the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol (ESH-IP)

Authors Chahine MN, Topouchian J, Zelveian P, Hakobyan Z, Melkonyan A, Azaki A, Diab R, Harb A, Asmar R

Received 18 May 2017

Accepted for publication 12 September 2017

Published 27 December 2017 Volume 2018:11 Pages 11—20

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S142126

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Mirna N Chahine,1,2 Jirar Topouchian,3,4 Parounak Zelveian,3 Zoya Hakobyan,3 Arevik Melkonyan,3 Alaa Azaki,1 Reem Diab,1 Aya Harb,1 Roland Asmar1,2

1Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanese University, Hadath, Lebanon; 2Foundation-Medical Research Institutes (F-MRI), Beirut, Lebanon; 3Preventive Cardiology Center, Yerevan, Armenia; 4Diagnostic Center, Hotel-Dieu Hospital, Paris, France

Background: Following the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol (ESH-IP) Revision 2010, QardioArm® and Omron M6 Comfort IT® oscillometric devices were evaluated in the general population and in patients with type II diabetes, respectively, for self-blood pressure (BP) measurement.
Methods: Both devices, QardioArm® and Omron M6 Comfort®, measure BP at the brachial level. The ESH-IP Revision 2010 includes a total number of 33 subjects. For each measure, the difference between observer and device BP values was calculated. In all, 99 pairs of BP differences are classified into three categories (≤5, ≤10, and ≤15 mmHg). The protocol procedures were followed precisely.
Results: QardioArm® and Omron M6 Comfort® fulfilled the requirements of the ESH-IP and passed the validation process successfully. For QardioArm®, a total of 69 out of 99 comparisons for systolic blood pressure (SBP) showed an absolute difference within 5 mmHg and 82 out of 99 for diastolic blood pressure (DBP). As for Omron M6 Comfort®, a total of 83 out of 99 comparisons for SBP showed an absolute difference within 5 mmHg and 77 out of 99 for DBP. The mean differences between the device and mercury readings were 0.7±5.9 mmHg for SBP and 0.3±4.1 mmHg for DBP for QardioArm® and −1.4±4.7 mmHg for SBP and −2.1±4.3 mmHg for DBP for Omron M6 Comfort®. With regard to part 2 of ESH-IP 2010, 27 out of 33 subjects had a minimum of two out of three measurements within 5 mmHg difference for SBP and 31 out of 33 subjects for DBP for the QardioArm®, and 29 out of 33 patients had a minimum of two out of three measurements within 5 mmHg difference for SBP and 26 out of 33 patients for DBP for Omron M6 Comfort®.
Conclusion: QardioArm® and Omron M6 Comfort® readings differing from the mercury standard by <5, 10, and 15 mmHg fulfill the ESH-IP Revision 2010 requirements. Consequently, these two devices are suitable for use in the general population and non-insulin-dependent type II diabetic patients, respectively.

Keywords: QardioArm®, Omron M6 Comfort®, validation, blood pressure measurement, type II diabetes, International Protocol

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