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Blood pressure

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In heart rate disorders, particularly atrial fibrillation, electronic devices that use oscillometric measurement are only partially suitable. In this situation, the blood pressure must be measured with the stethoscope (Riva-Rocci method) as incorrect results can be obtained with electronic devices. See notes in the instructions for use.

The software of Beurer blood pressure monitors is pre-calibrated. The 100% accuracy of the blood pressure monitors is verified during production. No recalibration is required.

Blood pressure readings obtained at the doctor's practice by the doctor or practice staff using the standardized Riva-Rocci method of listening to what are known as the Korotkoff sounds are usually somewhat higher than the blood pressure readings you obtain when you measure it yourself in a relaxed atmosphere at home. We call this "doctor's surgery" or "white coat" hypertension. People who have raised blood pressure under the stress of everyday conditions can have normal readings under quiet conditions at the doctor's. We then speak of "doctor's surgery normotension".

Blood pressure and pulse depend on many factors that can have an effect even in the short term:

  • Physical influences
  • Medical influences
  • Physical exercise
  • Muscle tension
  • Talking
  • Excitement
  • Noise etc

The way the measurement is taken is also relevant:

  • cuff applied too tightly / too loosely
  • cuff not at heart level
  • too short a break between measurements
  • no visual or acoustic shielding of the subject

Device tolerances are also important, of course. In the case of devices with a manometer, there is also parallax error (error in reading the result).

The wrist measurement must be taken with the wrist at heart level. If the arm is laid flat on a table, for instance when you are seated, the blood pressure is overestimated by approximately 7-8 mmHg because there is a difference from heart level (1.5cm is equivalent to 1 mmHg).

Incorrect results also occur with wrist measurement in the case of heart rate abnormalities and changes (e.g. due to age) in the arteries of the wrist. Particularly in elderly persons, wrist devices may give imprecise readings. The arteries in the upper arm are not so sensitive with regard to these influences.
For this reason, occasional measurements on the upper arm are recommended for comparison.

Independent of age, the figures for normal blood pressure according to the German Hypertension League are:

  • Upper limits: systolic 140 mmHg / diastolic 90 mmHg
  • Ideal reading: systolic 120 mmHg / diastolic 80 mmHg

There should be a break of at least 3 minutes before successive measurements.

Download the HealthManager app from the App Store or from Google Play and activate Bluetooth® in your smartphone settings. Start the app and follow the instructions. You can now add your blood pressure monitor by going to Menu > Settings > My devices.

Please note that the device cannot be connected through the smartphone settings.

Sie haben unter Windows 8/10 Ihr Messgerät korrekt mit Ihrem Computer verbunden und für den Datentransfer aktiviert und erhalten trotzdem eine Fehlermeldung?

Um dieses Problem zu beheben, müssen Sie Ihre Treibersoftware aktualisieren. Um Ihre Treibersoftware zu aktualisieren, befolgen Sie die folgenden Handlungsschritte, welche in dem PDF-Dokument aufgeführt sind.

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In order to ensure a flawless transfer of your measured values to the PC, follow the instructions. (PDF-Dokument).

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In heart rate disorders, particularly atrial fibrillation, electronic devices that use oscillometric measurement are only partially suitable. In this situation, the blood pressure must be measured with the stethoscope (Riva-Rocci method) as incorrect results can be obtained with electronic devices. See notes in the instructions for use.

The software of Beurer blood pressure monitors is pre-calibrated. The 100% accuracy of the blood pressure monitors is verified during production. No recalibration is required.

Blood pressure readings obtained at the doctor's practice by the doctor or practice staff using the standardized Riva-Rocci method of listening to what are known as the Korotkoff sounds are usually somewhat higher than the blood pressure readings you obtain when you measure it yourself in a relaxed atmosphere at home. We call this "doctor's surgery" or "white coat" hypertension. People who have raised blood pressure under the stress of everyday conditions can have normal readings under quiet conditions at the doctor's. We then speak of "doctor's surgery normotension".

Blood pressure and pulse depend on many factors that can have an effect even in the short term:

  • Physical influences
  • Medical influences
  • Physical exercise
  • Muscle tension
  • Talking
  • Excitement
  • Noise etc.

The way the measurement is taken is also relevant:

  • cuff applied too tightly / too loosely
  • cuff not at heart level
  • too short a break between measurements
  • no visual or acoustic shielding of the subject

Device tolerances are also important, of course. In the case of devices with a manometer, there is also parallax error (error in reading the result).

The wrist measurement must be taken with the wrist at heart level. If the arm is laid flat on a table, for instance when you are seated, the blood pressure is overestimated by approximately 7-8 mmHg because there is a difference from heart level (1.5cm is equivalent to 1 mmHg).

Incorrect results also occur with wrist measurement in the case of heart rate abnormalities and changes (e.g. due to age) in the arteries of the wrist. Particularly in elderly persons, wrist devices may give imprecise readings. The arteries in the upper arm are not so sensitive with regard to these influences.
For this reason, occasional measurements on the upper arm are recommended for comparison.

Independent of age, the figures for normal blood pressure according to the German Hypertension League are:

  • Upper limits: systolic 140 mmHg / diastolic 90 mmHg
  • Ideal reading: systolic 120 mmHg / diastolic 80 mmHg

There should be a break of at least 3 minutes before successive measurements.

Download the HealthManager app from the App Store or from Google Play and activate Bluetooth® in your smartphone settings. Start the app and follow the instructions. You can now add your blood pressure monitor by going to Menu > Settings > My devices.

Please note that the device cannot be connected through the smartphone settings.

You have connected your blood pressure monitor with your computer correctly, activated the data transfer function and still get following error message?

To solve this problem, you neede to update your driver software. Follow the instructions to update your driver software. >> PDF

Clinical thermometers

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The different thermometers are suitable for measuring body temperature in different parts of the body.
Forehead thermometer: measurement only on the forehead, ear thermometer: measurement only in the ear, rod thermometer: rectal (in the back passage), axillary (under the arm) or oral measurement (in the mouth).

The temperature varies depending on the part of the body where the measurement is taken. The difference in healthy persons between different parts of the body can be between 0.2–1 °C. The approximate normal temperature ranges are as follows:

  • Forehead temperature – measured with a forehead thermometer: 35.8 °C to 37.6 °C.
  • Ear temperature, measured with an ear thermometer: 36.0 °C to 37.8 °C.
  • Rectal temperature, measured with a conventional thermometer: 36.3 °C to 37.8 °C.
  • Orally measured temperature – measured with a conventional thermometer: 36.0 °C to 37.4 °C.

Beurer tip:
Temperatures measured with different thermometers cannot be compared with one another. You should therefore tell your doctor or bear in mind if you are diagnosing yourself what thermometer you used to take your temperature and in what part of the body.

The temperature of a healthy person is also influenced by the following factors:

  • The person's individual metabolism
  • Age (body temperature is higher in babies and small children and falls with increasing age. Greater temperature fluctuations occur faster and more often in children)
  • Clothing
  • The outside temperature
  • The time of day (body temperature is lower in the morning and increases during the day towards evening)
  • Preceding physical and, to a lesser extent, mental activity

Beurer tip:
Taking the temperature gives a measurement that provides information about a person's current body temperature. If you are uncertain about interpreting the results or if the result is abnormal (e.g. fever), you should consult your doctor. This also applies in the case of slight temperature changes if there are other symptoms of illness such as agitation, severe sweating, flushed skin, fast pulse rate, tendency to collapse etc.

TENS/EMS

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TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, refers to the electrical stimulation of nerves through the skin. TENS is an effective non-pharmacological method for treating different types of pain from a variety of causes. It has no side effects if administered correctly. The method has been clinically tested and approved and can be used for simple self-treatment. The pain-relieving or pain-suppressing effect is achieved by inhibiting the transfer of pain to nerve fibres (caused mainly by high-frequency impulses) and by increasing the secretion of endorphins in the body. Their effect on the central nervous system reduces the sensation of pain. The method is scientifically substantiated and approved as a form of medical treatment.
Any symptoms that could be relieved using TENS must be checked by your GP. Your GP will also give you information on the benefits of a TENS self-treatment regime.

TENS is clinically tested and approved to treat the following complaints:

  • Back pain, particularly in the lumbar/cervical spine area
  • Sore joints (e.g. knee, hip and shoulder joints)
  • Neuralgia
  • Menstrual cramps in women
  • Pain resulting from injury to the musculoskeletal system
  • Pain caused by circulatory disorders

The principle behind electrostimulation devices is that they imitate the impulses in our body, which are transferred through the skin to nerve and muscle fibres via electrodes. The electrical impulses are safe and almost painless. You may notice just a slight tingling or vibrating sensation. The electrical impulses are sent to the tissue, which transfers the stimulation effect to the nerves, nerve centres and muscle groups in the area being treated. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a widespread and generally recognised method which has been used in sports and rehabilitation medicine for years. Electrostimulation is a very effective method of stimulating your muscles which results in significant improvements to different muscular qualities, does not involve cardiovascular or mental fatigue and places only minimal strain on your joints and tendons. As a result, electrostimulation enables you to stimulate your muscles more than through arbitrary muscle activity.

To achieve the best results, we recommend complementing the electrostimulation treatment with other activity, such as:

  • Regular physical activity
  • A healthy and balanced diet
  • A balanced lifestyle

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a widespread and generally recognised method, and has been used in sports and rehabilitation medicine for years. In sports and fitness, EMS is used to complement conventional muscle training, to increase the performance of muscle groups and to adjust physical proportions to achieve the desired aesthetic results, amongst other things. There are two different types of EMS application. One is for targeted strengthening of the muscles (activating application), and the other is to achieve a relaxing, restful effect (relaxing application).

The activating application involves:

  • Muscle training to increase endurance and/or
  • Muscle training in order to support the strengthening of specific muscles or muscle groups, and to achieve the desired changes to physical proportions.

The relaxing application involves:

  • Muscle relaxation for easing muscle tension
  • Improving symptoms of muscular fatigue
  • Acceleration of muscle regeneration after intense muscle performance (e.g. after a marathon)

According to scientific theories, electrical stimulation therapy works in different ways:

  • The gentle electrical impulses are sent through the skin to nearby nerves, where they block/prevent the pain signals running from the source of the pain to your brain.
  • The gentle electrical impulses increase the production of natural pain relievers in your body, such as endorphins.

Step 1: Attach the device
Attach the electrode pad that you want to use using the push buttons on the main device.
Remove the clear plastic film from the rear part of the pad and place it on the desired body area.

Step 2: Activate the remote control
Press the [ON/OFF] button on the remote control for 1 second to switch it on.

Step 3: Switch on the device
Press the [ON/OFF] button on the main unit. A green LED will then light up.
The Bluetooth® symbol will appear when the remote control is connected to the main unit.

Step 4: Select the area of the body
Press the program button [PROG] to select the body area. You can use [+/–] to switch between body areas. Then confirm your selection by pressing [PROG].

Step 5: Select the treatment program
Now select the treatment program. You can use [+/–] to switch between programs. Confirm your selection by pressing [PROG]

Step 6: Select the electrical stimulation intensity
Press [+] to activate the electrical stimulation. The treatment will then start.
Use [+/–] to select the desired intensity level.
To terminate the treatment early, press the [ON/OFF] button on the remote control or the [ON/OFF] button on the main unit.