Accuracy of the Omron HEM-705 CP for blood pressure measurement in large epidemiologic studies

Lina M. Vera-Cala Myriam Orostegui Laura I. Valencia-Angel Nahyr López Leonelo E. Bautista About the authors

Abstracts

FUNDAMENTO: A medida precisa da pressão arterial (PA) é de grande importância na pesquisa da hipertensão. No contexto de estudos clínicos e epidemiológicos, dispositivos oscilométricos frequentemente oferecem importantes vantagens para superar algumas das limitações do método auscultatório. Embora sua acurácia tenha sido avaliada em estudos múltiplos no ambiente clínico, há pouca evidência de seu desempenho em grandes estudos epidemiológicos. OBJETIVO: Avaliamos a precisão do Omron HEM-705-CP, um dispositivo automático para medida de PA, quando comparado com o método padrão auscultatório com esfigmomanômetro de mercúrio em um grande estudo de coorte. MÉTODOS: Três medidas auscultatórias foram obtidas, seguidas por duas mensurações com o dispositivo Omron em 1.084 indivíduos. O viés foi estimado como a média de duas medidas pelo dispositivo Omron menos a média das duas últimas medidas auscultatórias, com seus correspondentes limites de concordância (LC) de 95%. RESULTADOS: O dispositivo Omron superestimou a pressão arterial sistólica (PAS) por 1,8 mmHg (LC:-10,1, 13,7) e subestimou a pressão arterial diastólica (PAD) por 1,6 mmHg (LC:-12,3, 9,2). O viés foi significantemente maior em homens. O viés na PAS aumentou com a idade e diminuiu com o nível da PA, enquanto o viés na PAD diminuiu com a idade e aumentou com o nível da PA. A sensibilidade e a especificidade do dispositivo Omron para detectar hipertensão foram 88,2% e 98,6%, respectivamente. O uso das medidas do dispositivo Omron resultou em viés mínimo na estimativa dos efeitos de vários fatores. CONCLUSÃO: Nossos resultados demonstraram que o dispositivo Omron HEM-705-CP pode ser utilizado para medir a PA em grandes estudos epidemiológicos sem comprometer a validade do estudo ou sua precisão.

Pressão arterial; equipamentos de medição; ensaios clínicos; estudos epidemiológicos


FUNDAMENTO: La medida precisa de la presión arterial (PA) es de gran importancia en la investigación de la hipertensión. En el contexto de estudios clínicos y epidemiológicos, dispositivos oscilométricos frecuentemente ofrecen importantes ventajas para superar algunas de las limitaciones del método auscultatorio. Aunque su precisión haya sido evaluada en estudios múltiples en el ambiente clínico, hay poca evidencia de su desempeño en grandes estudios epidemiológicos. OBJETIVO: Evaluamos la precisión del Omron HEM-705-CP, un dispositivo automático para medida de PA, cuando fue comparado con el método estándar auscultatorio con esfigmomanómetro de mercurio, en un gran estudio de cohorte. MÉTODOS: Tres medidas auscultatorias fueron obtenidas, seguidas por dos mediciones con el dispositivo Omron en 1.084 individuos. El sesgo fue estimado como la media de dos medidas por el dispositivo Omron menos la media de las dos últimas medidas auscultatorias, con sus correspondientes límites de concordancia (LC) de 95%. RESULTADOS: El dispositivo Omron superestimó la presión arterial sistólica (PAS) por 1,8 mmHg (LC:-10,1, 13,7) y subestimó la presión arterial diastólica (PAD) por 1,6 mmHg (LC:-12,3, 9,2). El sesgo fue significantemente mayor en hombres. El sesgo en la PAS aumentó con la edad y disminuyó con el nivel de la PA, mientras que el sesgo en la PAD disminuyó con la edad y aumentó con el nivel de la PA. La sensibilidad y la especificidad del dispositivo Omron para detectar hipertensión fueron 88,2% y 98,6%, respectivamente. El uso de las medidas del dispositivo Omron resultó en sesgo mínimo en los estimados de los efectos de varios factores. CONCLUSIÓN: Nuestros resultados demostraron que el dispositivo Omron HEM-705-CP puede ser utilizado para medir la PA en grandes estudios epidemiológicos sin comprometer la validez del estudio o su precisión. (Arq Bras Cardiol 2011;96(5):393-398)

Presión arterial; equipamientos de medición; ensayos clínicos; estudios epidemiológicos


BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of blood pressure is of utmost importance in hypertension research. In the context of epidemiologic and clinical studies, oscillometric devices offer important advantages to overcome some of the limitations of the auscultatory method. Even though their accuracy has been evaluated in multiple studies in the clinical setting, there is little evidence of their performance in large epidemiologic studies. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the accuracy of the Omron HEM-705-CP, an automatic device for blood pressure (BP) measurement, as compared to the standard auscultatory method with a mercury sphygmomanometer in a large cohort study. METHODS: We made three auscultatory measurements, followed by two measurements with the Omron device in 1,084 subjects. Bias was estimated as the average of the two Omron minus the average of the last two auscultatory measurements, with its corresponding 95% limits of agreement (LA). RESULTS: The Omron overestimated systolic blood pressure (SBP) by 1.8 mmHg (LA:-10.1, 13.7) and underestimated diastolic blood pressure (DBP) by 1.6 mmHg (LA:-12.3, 9.2). Bias was significantly larger in men. Bias in SBP increased with age and decreased with BP level, while bias in DBP decreased with age and increased with BP level. The sensitivity and specificity of the Omron to detect hypertension were 88.2% and 98.6%, respectively. Minimum bias in the estimates of the effects of several factors resulted from the use of Omron measurements. CONCLUSION: Our results showed that the Omron HEM-705-CP could be used for measuring BP in large epidemiology studies without compromising study validity or precision.

Blood pressure; measurement equipment; clinical trials; epidemiologic studies


ORIGINAL ARTICLE

  • Accuracy of the Omron HEM-705 CP for blood pressure measurement in large epidemiologic studies
    Lina M. Vera-CalaI; Myriam OrosteguiI; Laura I. Valencia-AngelI; Nahyr LópezI; Leonelo E. BautistaII
  • IDepartamento de Salud Pública, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia

    IIDepartment of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Medical School, Madison - USA

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    ABSTRACT

    BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of blood pressure is of utmost importance in hypertension research. In the context of epidemiologic and clinical studies, oscillometric devices offer important advantages to overcome some of the limitations of the auscultatory method. Even though their accuracy has been evaluated in multiple studies in the clinical setting, there is little evidence of their performance in large epidemiologic studies.

    OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the accuracy of the Omron HEM-705-CP, an automatic device for blood pressure (BP) measurement, as compared to the standard auscultatory method with a mercury sphygmomanometer in a large cohort study.

    METHODS: We made three auscultatory measurements, followed by two measurements with the Omron device in 1,084 subjects. Bias was estimated as the average of the two Omron minus the average of the last two auscultatory measurements, with its corresponding 95% limits of agreement (LA).

    RESULTS: The Omron overestimated systolic blood pressure (SBP) by 1.8 mmHg (LA:-10.1, 13.7) and underestimated diastolic blood pressure (DBP) by 1.6 mmHg (LA:-12.3, 9.2). Bias was significantly larger in men. Bias in SBP increased with age and decreased with BP level, while bias in DBP decreased with age and increased with BP level. The sensitivity and specificity of the Omron to detect hypertension were 88.2% and 98.6%, respectively. Minimum bias in the estimates of the effects of several factors resulted from the use of Omron measurements.

    CONCLUSION: Our results showed that the Omron HEM-705-CP could be used for measuring BP in large epidemiology studies without compromising study validity or precision.

    Keywords: Blood pressure; measurement equipment; clinical trials; epidemiologic studies.

    Introduction

    Accurate measurement of blood pressure is of utmost importance in hypertension research. Although the auscultatory method with a mercury sphygmomanometer has been the gold standard for blood pressure measurement for more than a century, the technique has important limitations in the context of epidemiologic and clinical studies1-3. First, training and certifying observers in blood pressure measurement are complex, time consuming tasks. Second, the accuracy of the method could be compromised by observer bias, particularly terminal digit preference. Third, there is a potential for environmental contamination due to mercury spills. Automatic devices for blood pressure measurements have been developed as a way to overcome some of the limitations of the auscultatory method. In particular, oscillometric devices offer important advantages in large studies because they are inexpensive, its use requires little training, they do not use mercury and they limit the potential for observer bias. However, the performance of oscillometric devices has been variable and it is recognized that each device should be evaluated in the context and population in which it is to be used1-5. The accuracy of oscillometric devices has been evaluated in multiple studies in the clinical setting, but there is little evidence of their performance in large epidemiologic studies.

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of the Omron HEM-705 CP oscillometric device as compared to the standard auscultatory method with a mercury sphygmomanometer in the context of a large epidemiologic study.

    Methods

    This study was nested within the Incidence of Cardiovascular Diseases and their Risk Factors (INEFAC) Study, a cohort study of a random sample of 15-64-year-old individuals from Bucaramanga, Colombia (n = 1,634). We used data from 1,084 subjects with an arm circumference between 25 and 32 cm who completed a first follow-up evaluation (≈ 6 years) and had both auscultatory and oscillometric measurements of blood pressure.

    The blood pressure measurements were conducted between 6:00 and 9:00 AM and participants refrained from smoking and exercising for the 12 hours prior to the exam. Following the guidelines from the American Hearth Association6, all measurements were conducted after five minutes of rest, with the participant comfortably seated, with his/her feet straight upon the ground and the back and arm supported, and with the antecubital fossa at the level of the heart. The maximum cuff inflation was calculated by adding 30 mmHg to the pulse obliteration pressure, and the cuff was deflated at a constant rate of 2 to 4 mm per second. All observers received 40 hours of training at the beginning of the study and then they were certified every 3-4 months. They were closely supervised by a trained physician in order to assure adherence to the study protocol. Blood pressure data were periodically analyzed for quality control purposes and to detect and correct potential deviations from the protocol. Two independent observers made three auscultatory blood pressure measurements in each participant, followed by two additional measurements with the Omron HEM-705 CP taken by a third observer. The average of the last two auscultatory and the two oscillometric measurements were used in the analysis.

    The accuracy of the oscillometric device was evaluated using the protocol criteria defined by the British Hypertension Society (BHS)2,4 and the American Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)2,7 for validating blood pressure measuring devices. Bias was estimated as the mean of the two Omron HEM-705 CP measurements minus the mean of the last two auscultatory measurements, with its corresponding 95% limits of agreement (LA), as defined by Bland and Altman8. We also calculated the size of the bias in groups of participants defined by characteristics known to be associated with blood pressure (gender, age, body mass index) and used receiver operator curves to estimate the validity of Omron HEM-705 CP in identifying participants with hypertension (systolic blood pressure > 140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 90 mmHg). Finally, we used linear and logistic regression to estimate and compare the magnitude of the effects of age, gender, and body mass index on blood pressure and hypertension when using oscillometric and auscultatory measures.

    Results

    Overall, slightly above a third of the sample were men (n = 372; Table 1) and the average age was 42.5 years (95% confidence interval - 95%CI: 41.7, 43.3). The average systolic and diastolic blood pressure measured with the auscultatory method were 117.4 (95% CI: 116.2, 118.5) and 75.2 (95% CI: 74.6, 75.8) mmHg, respectively. A total of 199 individuals (18.4%; 95% CI: 16.0, 20.7) were hypertensive (systolic > 140 and/or diastolic > 90 mmHg or taking antihypertensive medication); 114 (10.5%) were receiving antihypertensive medication; and 149 (13.7%) had blood pressure values within the hypertensive range. Mean body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference were 24.8 kg/m2, 77.0 cm, and 95.5 cm, respectively.

    The difference between the oscillometric and auscultatory blood pressure values were < 15 mmHg in 97.5% of the times for systolic and in 99.5% of the times for diastolic blood pressure; < 10 mmHg in 90.6% of the times for systolic and in 93.5% of the times for diastolic blood pressure; and < 5 mmHg in 64.0% of the times for systolic and 63.7% of the times for diastolic blood pressure. The average of the oscillometric systolic blood pressure measures (119.2 mmHg) was 1.8 mmHg higher than the average of auscultatory measures (117.4 mmHg; p < 0.001; Table 2). In contrast, the average of the oscillometric diastolic blood pressure measures (73.7 mmHg) was 1.6 mmHg lower than the average of the auscultatory measures (75.2 mmHg; p < 0.001). The difference between the systolic blood pressure measurements by the two methods for each subject has been plotted against their mean in Figure 1A9. This figure shows that both the variability and the size of the bias were unrelated to the mean systolic blood pressure. Moreover, according to the estimated limits of agreement in 95% of the times the differences between future measures with the two methods in a new individual will lie within -10.1 to 13.7 mmHg. Similarly, Figure 1B shows no pattern in the size and variability of the bias in diastolic blood pressure values as related to the average of both methods. Moreover, 95% of the differences between future pairs of diastolic blood pressure measurement using these two methods are expected to lie within -12.3 to 9.6 mmHg.



    The bias in the oscillometric measurements was about 1 mmHg larger in men than in women for both systolic and diastolic blood pressures (Table 3). The bias in systolic blood pressure also seemed to increase with age, but there was no clear age-related pattern for the bias in diastolic blood pressure. Similarly, the bias increased significantly with body mass index for systolic, but not for diastolic blood pressure. Finally, the bias in systolic blood pressure decreased, while the bias in diastolic blood pressure decreased (verificar com o autor se a frase tem erro) with quintiles of corresponding blood pressure values.

    As compared to the auscultatory method, the Omron HEM-705 CP had a sensitivity of 81.9% (95% CI: 74.7, 87.8) and a specificity of 97.6% (95% CI: 96.4, 98.4) to detect individuals with blood pressure values in the hypertensive range (systolic blood pressure > 140 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure> 90 mmHg). Sensitivity and specificity to detect individuals with hypertension (blood pressure values within the hypertensive range and/or receiving pharmacologic treatment) were 88.2% (95% CI: 82.8, 92.4) and 98.6% (95% CI: 97.6, 99.30), respectively. Moreover, the proportion of individuals correctly classified according to their hypertensive status based only on blood pressure values was 95.2% and the area under the receiver operator characteristics curve was 0.89 (95% CI, 0.86 to 0.92).

    Using measurements obtained with the Omron HEM 705 CP device, as compared to the auscultatory method, resulted in slightly biased, but similarly precise estimates of the effect of age, gender, and body mass index on blood pressure (Table 4). When diastolic and systolic blood pressure were used as continuous variable in a linear regression model, the bias in the effect of the above mentioned variables was always less than 2 mmHg. Similarly, a logistic regression model with hypertension as the outcome showed that the bias in the estimates of the odds ratios for these variables was < 6%. Moreover, the confidence intervals for the estimates of the effects of these variables were of similar width for the auscultatory and oscillometric measurements.

    Discussion

    Our results showed that the Omron HEM 705 CP overestimated systolic blood pressure by 1.8 mmHg and underestimated diastolic blood pressure by 1.6 mmHg, when compared with the auscultatory method using a mercury sphygmomanometer. Although statistically significant, these differences are very small and should have little impact in the clinical setting or in epidemiologic studies. Our results are consistent with those of some10,11, but not all studies on other Omron devices12-15. We also found that the Omron HEM-705 CP qualifies as a grade A device for measuring blood pressure, according to the BHS protocol criteria1,2. This finding is consistent with those from most previous studies on this device conducted in clinical settings with selected groups of patients16-18.

    Previous studies on the Omron HEM-705 CP device have not reported how the bias in blood pressure measurements is related to patient's characteristics. In this study, we found that the bias in systolic blood pressure measurements was larger in men than in women, increased with age and with body mass index, but decreased with higher levels of systolic blood pressure. In contrast, the bias in diastolic blood pressure measurements was larger in men, was not associated with age or body mass index, and decreased with higher levels of diastolic blood pressure. In spite of the systematic pattern in the Omron HEM-705 CP errors, the magnitude of the bias was small, less than 3 mmHg in almost all patient groups. Although other devices have shown an increment in the size of the bias in obese people for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure10, our results only support this increment for systolic blood pressure.

    According to our results, when using the Omron HEM-705 CP, one would be able to correctly identify 88% of all individuals with hypertension and 99% of those without hypertension. In most western populations, the prevalence of hypertension ranges from 20% to 30%. Using the Omron HEM-705 CP in this context would result in a slight underestimate of the prevalence of hypertension (18.4% if the actual prevalence is 20% and 27.1% if the actual prevalence is 30%). More important, using the Omron HEM-705 CP will result in little bias in the estimates of the effect of risk factors related to blood pressure and hypertension. Particularly, the degree of bias in the estimates of the odds ratios for known risk factors would likely be lower than the traditional 10% change in estimates used to identify important confounders19.

    In conclusion, our results showed that the Omron HEM-705 CP device could be used for measuring blood pressure and detecting hypertension in large epidemiologic studies without compromising study validity or precision.

    Acknowledgments

    To COLCIENCIAS and Universidad Industrial de Santander for the grant to conduct the INEFAC study.

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    Accuracy of the Omron HEM-705 CP for blood pressure measurement in large epidemiologic studies Lina M. Vera-CalaI; Myriam OrosteguiI; Laura I. Valencia-AngelI; Nahyr LópezI; Leonelo E. BautistaII

    Publication Dates

    • Publication in this collection
      01 Apr 2011
    • Date of issue
      May 2011

    History

    • Received
      17 Feb 2010
    • Reviewed
      07 Oct 2010
    • Accepted
      30 Nov 2010
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