SunTech Medical has said that its Oscar 2, 24 hour, ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM) is being used in an ongoing study to investigate a possible link between vitamin D deficiency and hypertension. The study is led by Dr William White and Dr Pooja Luthra at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The hypertension study will help identify if vitamin D deficiency is a cardiovascular risk factor by measuring changes in 24 hour blood pressure using the Oscar 2 ABPM. The goal of the hypertension study is to improve treatment through the identification of all risk factors.

The company claims that Oscar 2 ABPM enhances patient comfort with its compact, light-weight design. The motion-tolerant technology reduces re-inflates and failed readings, and a special algorithm reduces measurement time by calculating the inflation rate based on the previous systolic measurement. In addition, the quiet pump allows a more restful nighttime reading and the patented stretch-sleeve design of the Orbit blood pressure cuff keeps the cuff in place.

Using the Oscar 2 ABPM and included AccuWin Pro V3 software, Dr White and Dr Luthra will capture vital information about fluctuations in patients’ 24 hour blood pressure, including overnight readings and critical morning-surge data. It will allow them to acquire an overall blood pressure profile and enabling day-to-day progress monitoring.

Dr White said: “We selected the Oscar 2 ABPM because its design supports patient comfort and compliance, which is a critical success factor for our research, and because it provides consistent, accurate and reliable data, allowing us to gain the most insight on the actual effects of the treatments related to 24 hour blood pressure.”

Dayn McBee, CEO of SunTech Medical, said: “SunTech Medical continues to stand behind our products and their role in improving healthcare for the benefit of patients and providers worldwide.”