Home BP monitoring is essential.

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Author: John Hickner
Date: May 2022
From: Journal of Family Practice(Vol. 71, Issue 4)
Publisher: Jobson Medical Information LLC
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 483 words
Lexile Measure: 1620L

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I believe that the most important recommendation from the American Heart Association in recent years is to confirm office blood pressure (BP) readings with repeated home BP measurements, for both diagnosis and management of hypertension. Office BPs are notoriously inaccurate, because it is exceedingly difficult to measure BP properly in a busy office setting. Even when measured correctly, the office BP does not accurately reflect a person's BP throughout the day, which is the best predictor of cardiovascular damage from hypertension.

Among the problems with relying on office BP readings:

We would treat many people for hypertension who are not hypertensive, because 15% to 30% of those with elevated office BP readings have "white-coat" hypertension, which does not require medication....

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