Omron HeartGuide puts blood pressure on a watch Wellness 1. An upper-arm cuff should be your first choice When it comes to at-home monitoring, new guidelines from the AHA only recommend the use of upper-arm cuff oscillometric devices that have successfully passed validation protocols. (Oscillometric devices automatically detect and analyze pulse waves so you don’t have to rely on someone to listen with a stethoscope.) Although other options — like wrist and finger cuffs and wearable sensors — exist, upper arm cuffs are the most accurate, says Yale Medicine cardiologist Erica S. Spatz, MD. The AHA recognizes validation protocols from the following organizations: the German Hypertension League, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the European Society of Hypertension and the British Hypertension Society — with the BHS protocol’s being the most complex and thorough. A new international universal validation protocol is being developed that may become the new standard, so keep an eye out for that. The Qardio Arm wireless blood pressure monitor has passed British and Irish Hypertension Society validation protocols. Qardio Many blood pressure monitors currently being sold haven’t been validated. So before you buy one, check to make sure it has. You can find a list of validated monitors — like these from Qardio and Omron — on the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Dabl Educational Trust websites. Another important factor is if the person who will be using the blood pressure monitor is a child, pregnant or has atrial fibrillation or a large arm circumference, the monitor you buy should also have been validated within these populations. 2. Find a cuff that fits These days home blood pressure monitors come with a lot of bells and whistles, like smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity, but the most important feature to look for is a cuff that fits your arm, properly compressing the brachial artery. “All too often, the fit of the blood pressure cuff is imperfect,” Spatz says. “This can result in under- or overestimation of the blood pressure — and many people may be misdiagnosed [with hypertension].” But here’s the good news: “Guidelines exist for how large a cuff one needs based on the length and circumference of your arm,” says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD, co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center. “When you visit your doctor ask them what size cuff is appropriate for you.” You can also take the measurements yourself or with the help of a pharmacist. “The first step is to measure the circumference of the upper arm; use the middle of the upper arm around the bicep,” Spatz says. “Take the circumference, in centimeters, and multiply it by 80% to get the right length and 40% to the get the right width of the bladder cuff. The bladder of the cuff is the part that fills with air, not the extra length of Velcro.” And then use these AHA guidelines: Target:BP “Upper arm cuffs come in an extra-large size, which should fit most large arms,” Haythe says. “If it’s too small, your doctor may recommend a thigh cuff to be used on the upper arm.” According to the AHA, there is data showing this method can be accurate, but research is limited. If you have larger arms that are significantly wider near your shoulder than your elbow, you may also want to get a cone-shaped or “contour” cuff. Research finds that using standard cylindrical cuffs can produce inaccurate measurements because the variation in arm size causes the bladder to expand irregularly. If an extra-large cuff does not fit, the AHA recommends measuring your blood pressure at the wrist. Although measuring at the wrist tends to be less accurate than the upper arm, a meta-analysis shows it tends to be better than the forearm or finger. An example of a contour-style blood pressure cuff. Medline “Arms come in all shapes and sizes, and people with obesity should not feel bad about having a difficult time finding the right cuff size,” Spatz says. “It is really unfortunate that the cuffs have not evolved to match different arm sizes.” If you do end up needing a wrist-based blood pressure monitor, again, check that it’s been validated. And then follow these instructions, with one change: “Rest your elbow on a table and bring the cuff to the level of your heart, as when reciting the pledge of allegiance,” says Spatz. Keep your arm relaxed and your hand resting against your chest until the reading is complete. Read more: 10 accurate blood pressure monitors you can order online Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It Now playing: Watch this: • Adorama The American Heart Association recommends that people with hypertension measure their blood pressure at home. Canva The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram app is clear indicator that medical devices are moving out of the doctor’s office and into our homes. And for the most part, that’s a good thing — health and fitness products let people keep tabs on various vital signs without having to pay for an office visit. One wellness area that’s particularly hot is blood pressure. Organizations like the American Heart Association recommend that people with high blood pressure measure it at home and the heart health industry has stepped up to help make that happen. From a blood pressure cuff that doubles as a smartwatch to smartphone apps that measure your systolic and diastolic blood pressure using just the tip of your finger, monitors are becoming more compact and easier to use. But, the AHA warns, that doesn’t mean they’re accurate. But before you buy just any old home blood pressure monitor, here are two big things cardiologists want you to know. $399 Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $399 $349 Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See All $349 Apple The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch reading • The 2 most important things to look for in a blood pressure monitor Apple Watch Series 4 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. 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In picture: Krishna Raja Sagara Dam built on Cauvery river.IANS File Photo [Representational Image]The Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) has asked the Karnataka government to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the next five days. The decision comes after the CRWC noted that rainfall in the Cauvery basin and inflow at the four reservoirs of Karnataka are below normal. After its 12th sitting CWRC said said it will review the situation in the next meeting, which will be held on August 8 in New Delhi.The representatives from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry took part in the committee meeting, held in Bengaluru on Thursday.The committee said water should be released from Krishnarajasagar (KRS) and Kabini dams of Karnataka for ensuring flows at Biligundlu reservoir at Krishnagiri district in TN-Karnataka border. Having noted that the inflow has been below normal, it was decided that Karnataka will continue to release water from KRS and Kabini reservoirs for the next five days in proportion to the inflow,” read the statement by CWRC.During the meeting, Karnataka said that rainfall in the Cauvery catchment area is at a 40-year low and the state is not in a position to release water. But TN claimed that Karnataka should have released over 40 TMC of water in June and July but only 9.505 TMC was released during this time.Karnataka had to release 34 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu in July as per the Supreme Court order, even though the reservoir had poor inflow.
An undated handout picture released by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) in London on 9 May, 2019, shows an archaeolgist excaating princely burial chamber discovered in Prittlewell, near Southend, southeast England. Photo: AFPExcited archeologists on Thursday hailed an ancient burial site found on the side of a road near a pub and a budget supermarket as Britain’s answer to the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun.The small bump on a patch of grass in the county of Essex just northeast of London did not look like much when UK researchers first spotted it in 2003.”The thing that’s so strange about it is that it was such an unpromising-looking site,” Museum of London Archaeology’s (MOLA) director of research Sophie Jackson said.But a team of 40 MOLA archeologists still decided to give it a shot.Years of meticulous digging and carbon dating have now led them to conclude that they have stumbled onto an Anglo-Saxon burial chamber of a prince whose likes have never before been found in Britain.The 1,400-year-old tomb is believed to be the oldest example of a Christian Anglo-Saxon royal burial.It includes carefully arranged gold coins and vibrantly-coloured glass and wooden drinking vessels believed to have come from what is now modern-day Syria.Some of the decorations still hang on the site’s original walls.The entire structure would have formed a 13-foot (four-metre) square and been buried five feet below ground.It includes fragments of a lyre — a type of harp popularised in European folklore — and what may be Britain’s oldest example of painted Anglo-Saxon woodwork.”I think it’s our equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb,” Jackson said.Tutankhamun is the formal name of the mummified pharaoh most tourists visiting Egypt’s Valley of the Kings know as King Tut.”It’s a really interesting time,” the researcher explained.”Christianity is sort of creeping (into Britain). They would have been just on the transition between having pagan burials with all your gear but also having these crosses.”- Warrior prince or king’s brother? -King Tutankhamun’s tomb is globally renowned for its phenomenally preserved golden death mask dating back more than 3,300 years.The British find is less than half as old and includes the belongings and remains of a far less distinguished man whose precise identity remains shrouded in a degree of mystery.But his 5 foot 8 inch (1.72-metre) frame was exceptionally large for its time.Some suspect that he may have been a warrior prince. Jackson said her best guess was that he was King Saebert’s brother Seaxa.Saebert died in 616 after ruling Essex for 12 years. Historians think he was the region’s first Christian king.Research and scientific dating suggest the man in the tomb probably died between 575 and 605.MOLA intends to put some of its discoveries on display at a local museum this week.It is especially proud of the lyre.”This is the first time the complete form of an Anglo-Saxon lyre has been recorded,” the museum said in its research notes.
CHRISTINA ULSH / KERA NEWS SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORThis group of children came to Dallas as refugees. Here they are on the first day of school in 2014.Federal officials have granted waivers to 872 refugees to enter the U.S. this week. Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day they will be able to arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. LISTEN: The KERA Radio storyThe refugees are not from the seven countries temporarily banned under President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.The resettlement agency says the refugees were already in transit and had been cleared before the travel ban took effect.Of the 800-plus refugees being admitted, 55 of them are arriving in Texas. They come from the countries Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Rwanda.More than 2,100 refugees had been scheduled to arrive in the U.S this week, but nearly half of them were denied resettlement.Refugee Services of Texas says Thursday is the last day refugees will arrive through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Under Trump’s order, the program will be suspended for 120 days.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share
“The Late, Late Show With James Corden” is set to air in China. CBS Studios International has struck a deal with Chinese streaming giant iQIYI that covers current shows and makes past episodes available on demand.Chinese regulators’ attitude towards foreign content has ebbed and flowed, though growing political control of the media appears to be the current direction. Another U.S. comedy show, “Saturday Night Live,” began airing on streaming platform Sohu.com in 2014. But this year the Chinese-made version of “SNL” was removed from the Alibaba-owned streaming platform Youku after just a few weeks of broadcast.Politics and sex are typically no-go areas for Chinese shows, and satire of Chinese politicians is not allowed. Corden’s focus on foreign celebrities may have helped the show win censorship approval. Celebrity guests who have appeared on the show include Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Will Ferrell. “Mobile viewing dominates iQIYI’s subscriber base, making it the perfect platform for ‘The Late, Late Show’s’ inventive content and viral moments,” said Armando Nunez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution.“The one and only James Corden will also be well-recognized by millions of Chinese audiences,” an unnamed iQIYI spokesman said.“The Late, Late Show” is produced by CBS Television Studios, with Corden’s banner Fulwell 73. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe serve as executive producers. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15