LifeSource(TM) launches Canada's first home blood-pressure monitor that's "Designed for Women"

LifeSource UA-787W. "Designed for Women". (CNW Group/LifeSource)


    MONTREAL, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Fact: Women over 50 are more likely to
suffer from hypertension than males of the same age.
    To support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Red Dress
campaign, LifeSource, Canada's leading supplier of home blood pressure
devices, is launching the UA-787W monitor. "Designed for Women," the UA-787W
has all of the leading features that women expect from a state-of-the-art
blood pressure monitor.
    Robert Burgy, President of Auto Control Medical, said: "The face of heart
disease is changing. To quote the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: 'Once
considered "a man's disease", the number of deaths from heart disease and
stroke are now virtually the same for men and women in Canada.' The Red Dress
campaign (symbolized by a red dress), aims to raise awareness among women of
ways to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke and, to give them the
tools they need to protect themselves. We support this campaign."
    Simple to use, the UA-787W is intended to encourage Canadian women to
start monitoring their blood pressure in the comfort of their own homes. Home
monitoring allows a person to measure their blood pressure at various times
throughout the day. Readings can then be written down in a logbook so that the
consumer can review the results with their healthcare professional. This
provides a more accurate assessment and minimizes the impact of any "whitecoat
hypertension".
    Specific features of the monitor include: a Pressure Rating Indicator(TM)
which classifies each reading as red, yellow or green like a stoplight; the
Irregular Heartbeat function which provides accurate blood pressure
measurements even when an irregular heartbeat occurs; HeartWise(TM) technology
which enables the blood pressure monitor to track the blood flow and pressure
during inflation of the cuff, stopping inflation at the proper point to
achieve an accurate reading; a 90 reading memory with averaging; an AC
adapter, convenient cuff holder, carrying case and colour-coordinated
Easy-Fit (TM) cuff that fits most arm sizes.
    The UA-787W's accuracy has been thoroughly tested and it is "Recommended
by the Canadian Hypertension Society." The Heart and Stroke Foundation follows
the Canadian Hypertension Society guidelines which state that Canadians should
only buy monitors that carry their "Recommended" label.
    As a supporter of the Red Dress campaign, Auto Control Medical is
contributing up to $70,000 to the campaign to help raise awareness about the
risk of heart disease and stroke for women. During the launch period starting
on April 1st, each UA-787W box will bear the Red Dress symbol to signal
LifeSource's support for the campaign.
    Like all LifeSource blood pressure monitors, the UA-787W will be sold
only in pharmacies and medical supply stores across Canada where basic
instruction and support is available. The suggested selling price is $99.95.

    Auto Control Medical is a privately-owned Canadian company with offices
in Montreal and Toronto and just celebrated its 20th anniversary. It
distributes healthcare products through pharmacies and homecare stores coast
to coast. Some of Auto Control Medical well-known brands are: iTest(TM) blood
glucose monitoring system, CozMore(TM) insulin technology system,
Respironics (TM) respiratory products and Unifine Pentips(TM) insulin pen
needles.

    The company web-site is: www.autocontrol.com

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