By Flora Bahai, CNN • Updated 7th November 2017
There are thousands of books and even more websites on questions surrounding high blood pressure , heart problems and their treatment.
But as the brainchild of a father-son duo, “The Complete Book of COVID” not only tackles the numbers on a test, it also helps navigate the maze of tests ordered by your doctor for patients who are unsure as to which ones they should be taking or how much they should be following.
Established by Jorge Zarragua in the 1960s, the company was acquired by Sutter Health in 2006, and the website (largestaccessiblestairway.com) has evolved into a comprehensive guide on medical care, offering answers to the common questions among physicians, patients and insurance carriers alike.
Approximately 400 million people are affected by high blood pressure in the United States, according to the American Heart Association, although what causes the condition is debated and some argue that the number isn’t as high as it appears.
But knowing the signs and symptoms can also lead to aggressive and effective treatment.
Co-author of “The Complete Book of COVID” Jorge Zarragua.
On the website, each chapter is broken down into five chapters “for the youngest child (children up to 8 years old and teens 10 years old and older), for the oldest children (ages 85 and older), and for those with multiple risks,” says a press release.
Each chapter includes illustrations, which steer the individual user from the basics of how the monitor works, how many times a day it should be calibrated, how to select the most appropriate medicine, and how to follow its instructions.
And while the company doesn’t sell replacements, it offers readers access to a webpage to renew their COVID, as well as a list of dos and don’ts that can help help them decipher which test is right for them.
Although there is an introductory guide with step-by-step advice, COVID users have the option to purchase additional products to help keep track of the numbers.
Among the options are the T-Prism, which is the first-ever high blood pressure monitor to be placed in the neck, to ensure it is aligned with the readings taken by the COVID. This sensor has two sensors that measure a measurement of how much your blood’s pulse changes in pressure.
“It’s at eye level, so it will be easily accessible,” says Zarragua, who compares the COVID to having a watch on your wrist.
Still, COVID does not guarantee the accuracy of T-Prism, and the T-Prism itself lists technical limitations on its website.
“It is for use when using COVID, but this measurement may be off or inaccurate for some or everyone,” it says.
The first COVID was developed by Jorge Zarragua when he was a teenager, to fit the wrist of a colleague’s mother.
“In his next project, he saw that women often wore white hats, which leads to high readings of blood pressure when you get your temperature taken,” explains José Cespedes, president of COVID USA.
Since then, COVID has been used by millions of women as a “fanning device,” Cespedes says.
Hernandez Cardiac Monitor
The color chart is also an important component to COVID.
These charts are published on COVID’s website and posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
They help patients and health professionals find the correct answer to any test on the color chart, which helps users learn more about what’s causing their numbers to rise.
All tests — COVID or otherwise — are taken on COVID’s sensor.
Cespedes says the sensors are meant to be worn for only one week, and the pieces must be tested individually.
“So many questions come to our heads when we’re taking the COVID,” Cespedes says. “In case something happens to the COVID itself, you can always replace it.”