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