400km Above the Earth’s Surface

A&D’s Blood Pressure Monitor on the International Space Station

A&D’s technology helps build power stations, bullet trains and rockets but our Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitors unit may be A&D’s first product to leave the stratosphere.  If the ISS relies on the high performance, reliability and accuracy of A&D’s blood pressure monitoring technology, then so can you!

In this Russian documentary, cosmonaut Sergey Volkov is using an A&D BPM to monitor his blood pressure (starting at time stamp 4:50) as part of regular health checks performed daily.

This activity was part of a yearlong mission aboard the ISS in 2016 to research the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges faced by space explorers during long-duration spaceflight.

A&D UA-767S Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

The UA-767S is the latest in the range of UA-767 devices from A&D – our flagship model since 1985.

It benefits from our 2nd generation IHB technology, which now measures the frequency of IHB (Irregular Heart Beat) detection as well as screening for Atrial Fibrillation – shown by icons and divided into different grades. This now enables the user/clinician to see how often IHB/AFib has been detected – indicating the level of risk to the patient. If the grade is high, you should consult a doctor immediately.


  • 3rd generation of the flagship UA-767 range
  • A&D’s Slimfit™ Cuff – latex and metal free, covering 22-32cm
  • 2nd generation IHB/AFib (Irregular Heart Beat) Indicator to show frequency IHB/AFib%
  • Cuff Fit Error Indicator
  • Movement Error Indicator
  • WHO Blood Pressure Classification Indicator
  • 60-memory + Average Reading
  • ESH Clinical Validation

Causes of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a serious health issue and is now becoming more common and a growing concern in the United Kingdom.

This is clearly evident from the following facts and statistics published by Public Health England:

  • High blood pressure affects nearly 1 in 4 individuals,
  • It is the third-biggest risk factor for premature deaths and disability, after smoking, in England,
  • At least ½ of all the cardiac arrests and strokes are linked with high blood pressure,
  • It is also among the major risk factors for developing chronic kidney diseases and dementia, Over 5.5 million individuals in England have undiagnosed high BP and remain untreated, thereby putting their lives at serious risk.

High blood pressure is estimated to affect over 1.5 billion individuals worldwide by the year 2025.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, occurs when the pressure of your blood is persistently higher than the pressure that is considered normal. The optimal blood pressure rate is under 120/80mmHg.  Readings above this range (for example, 130-139/80-89) are considered as stage 1 high blood pressure, while stage 2 is 140 and above/90 and above.

Blood Pressure Chart

Blood Pressure Chart

High blood pressure can be dangerous because the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body and further leads to hardening of the arteries, thereby increasing the risk of developing a stroke and heart failure.  Although the exact causes of high blood pressure are still unknown, there are many factors linked to it.  These factors are believed to have a strong influence on blood pressure, thereby increasing the likelihood of developing the condition.


It is estimated that approximately 1 in 2 individuals over 65 have high blood pressure.  This indicates that you may be exposed to the risk of high blood pressure as you age.

Family History

Studies also show that family history also increases the risk of high blood pressure.  So, if high blood pressure tends to run in your family then it’s important that you closely monitor yours and manage it proactively to reduce the chances of developing it in the future.


It is believed that people who are overweight or obese can develop high blood pressure.  This is backed by the fact that as your weight increases, more blood is needed by your body to supply nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. So, when the volume of blood circulation through the vessels shoots up, so does the pressure on the walls of your arteries.

A Diet Rich in Sodium and Poor in Potassium

Your diet also influences your blood pressure level. If your diet is rich in sodium and has very little potassium, it can increase your likelihood of developing high blood pressure.  This is because sodium causes the body to retain fluid, while potassium helps balance the amount of salt in the cells.  So, if your diet has too much salt and little potassium, you will retain and accumulate salt in the blood, thereby putting you at risk of high blood pressure.

Other potential causes include:

  • High alcohol intake,
  • Stress,
  • Minimal physical activity, and
  • Frequent use of tobacco.

To lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, monitor and manage your blood pressure at home yourself. Consider investing in a high quality home blood pressure monitoring machine, such as A&D’s UA-651BLE Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Smart Bluetooth Low Energy Connectivity to check your blood pressure daily.  It is easy to use, and offers reliable and accurate reading.  Also, seek proper treatment and adopt a healthy lifestyle to minimize your risk.

A&D UA-651BLE Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Bluetooth® Smart Bluetooth® Low Energy Connectivity

The UA-651BLE is the 4th generation of the range of A&D telehealth blood pressure monitors, and is designed for the home user as part of the ‘wellness connected™’ family of products and free app, A&D Connect.


  • 4th gen. blood pressure monitor telehealth range
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0LE/ Bluetooth® Smart communication
  • Continua™ Certified – to ensure interoperability
  • Compatible with UC-352BLE scales and UT-201BLE thermometer
  • A&D’s Slimfit™ Cuff 22-32cm
  • 2nd gen. IHB Indicator
  • WHO Blood Pressure Class.Indicator
  • Internal 30-memory + Average Reading
  • ESH Clinical Validation

New Approach to Balance Minimum Weight – Q&As

Read highlights from our webinar about a new balance system that can determine minimum weight and standard deviation without the need for weights

Checking the performance of a balance and calculating its minimum weight is an important factor in ensuring accurate weighing in today’s regulated laboratories.

In a recent webinar, now available on demand, A&D Instruments’ European Director of Weighing, Steve Vaughan, outlines a patented new technology from A&D called Electronically Controlled Load™ (ECL) — incorporated in the companies APOLLO series GF-A/GX-A  balances — which allows automatic precision assessment of a balance and determination of minimum weight, at the simple touch of a button.

The webinar covers:

  • Balance suitability and performance testing, what it is and why it’s important
  • Conventional methods of balance performance determination using calibration weights
  • A new approach using patented ECL technology & benefits of this new approach

Missed the live event? Don’t worry, you can watch the webinar on-demand>>

At the end of the webinar, our guest speaker answered live questions from attendees, the highlights of this Q&A session can be read in the article below.

Apollo Multi-Functional Precision Balance with Impact Shock Detection


Today, it has become commonplace for materials to be weighed with automated devices.  As precision balances are increasingly used in that way not just in production lines/systems but also in laboratories, users now face a range of unexpected problems.  The incorporated advanced technologies in the GF-A | GX-A Series provide innovative solutions to the user.


  • Impact Shock Detection (ISD) – Reliable high speed printer with easy paper replacement.
  • Electronically Controlled Load (ECL) – Automated self diagnostic check at the touch of a button.
  • Flow Rate Display (FRD) – Streamline & improve filling or dosing accuracy & precision.
  • Smart-SHS – Latest advancement in hybrid weigh cell design.
  • QuickMin-S – Easily calculate the minimum sample weight to USP 41 at the installation location.

The Holiday Season is almost here!

Don’t forget to place your orders as soon as possible, so that we can guarantee a delivery before Christmas!

Our European offices will be closed from December 22nd, 2018 until January 2nd, 2019, for the holiday season.

In order to guarantee despatch before the holidays, please send any final orders before 2pm on Friday, 21st December to:

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We would like to take this oppotunity to thank you all for your great support during this year.

The team at A&D Instruments wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saving time with the Wellpoint Kiosk

The consulting time of medical specialists at the University Hospital Antwerp has been fundamentally improved over the past two years. The screening of blood pressure, heart rate, height, weight, BMI and temperature is no longer done by a doctor, nurse or clinician but by the patient himself.  This has been possible thanks to the WellPoint Kiosk featuring the A&D TM-2657P Waiting Room Monitor.  Professor Dr. Guy Hans, medical director of the University Hospital talks more about it.

The WellPoint Kiosk is a collection of devices with which the patient can independently measure his/her vital parameters, such as blood pressure, heart rate, weight and temperature.  In addition, the patient can provide the healthcare professional with other clinically desired information by completing personal validated questionnaires for pre-screening and risk assessment.  The results are immediately passed to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and therefore do not have to be entered manually, saving time and reducing data entry errors.  Healthcare professionals can immediately discuss the results with the patient during consultation hours.

At UZA, there are six of these kiosks embedded in the hospital flow.  Plans for further expansion contain the integration of this kiosk to keep the patient flow within the hospital as efficient as possible.

“The decision to work with this kiosk stems from the accreditation requirements set by JCI” says Professor Hans. “When we were working on accreditation to comply with the JCI quality standard for safe and quality care1, it became clear that we had a problem: we did not have the minimal clinical data of patients required”

This is a problem that is not unique to UZA. According to Professor Hans, many hospitals do not have this minimal set of patient data.

“In order to meet the quality standards for accreditation of JCI, UZA went in search of a solution to gather this patient data on a wide scale. We found this in the WellPoint Kiosk.”

Working with the kiosk has several advantages according Professor Hans.

“Thanks to the kiosk, we receive the results of the vital parameters from every patient who comes here during consultation hours. In this way, the physician has an up-to-date and accurate ‘snapshot’ of the patient’s physical condition during the consultation. Another important advantage is time saving; care providers do not have to take measurements manually anymore. That saves about 6 minutes per patient. Multiplied by the tens of thousands of patients who visit the UZA every year … that time saving is therefore enormous”.

Professor Hans emphasizes that UZA uses the time gained to optimize and improve the quality of care rather than to reduce costs.

Professor Hans commented that the quality of the consultation hours has greatly improved thanks to the kiosk.

“As soon as the patient enters my office, I have the vital parameters needed to start the conversation.  In addition, the kiosk is a great tool for working on primary prevention. We often see patients who have no symptoms but with this standard screening process, an increased blood pressure or a deviation in, for example the heart rate, is noticed.  If the doctor suspects abnormal / concerning results, he can immediately take action, consider referral to a specialist or back to the GP.  In particular, from a preventive point of view, the Kiosk is a particularly valuable addition to the care we provide as UZA.  Its something we couldn’t do without!”

1 https://www.jointcommissioninternational.org/

TM-2657P Waiting Room Blood Pressure Monitor

The TM-2657P is the latest model in the range of A&D freestanding fully automatic blood pressure monitors. Designed for high foot fall areas to save time and money offering a Return on Investment (ROI) normally within 6 months.


  • Can be integrated into Electronic Patient Record solution (EPR)
  • User-friendly small footprint & barrier-free design
  • Simple to use, one-touch measurement
  • Network connectivity options using Bluetooth or RS-232
  • Reliable high speed printer with easy paper replacement
  • Irregular Heart Beat (IHB) indicator
  • BHS A/A Clinically Validated