Study: Regular home BP readings are the most accurate at diagnosing hypertension

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Study: Regular home BP readings are the most accurate at diagnosing hypertension

HealthDay reports, “Regular blood pressure readings at home are more accurate for diagnosing high blood pressure than those taken at a doctor’s office.”

This is according to findings from a study including “510 adults at high risk of developing high blood pressure.

They were divided into groups who got blood pressure readings in three different ways:

  • at home;
  • in a clinic; or
  • at kiosks in pharmacies and other locations.

Investigators “found that blood pressure readings taken at home were consistent with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM),” but significantly less expensive.

“Blood pressure varies a lot over the day … and one or two measurements in clinic may not reflect your average blood pressure,” said study author Dr. Beverly Green, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. “Home blood pressure monitoring allows you to collect many more readings and average these.”

Before you purchase a home blood pressure monitor, it’s important to know that not all of them are validated or accurate. See my blog: Is your blood pressure measurement device validated?

The results were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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