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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring May Find Hidden Risk

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at the Swiss Alps during a helicopter ride from Davos to Zurich January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron The researchers considered a home reading of 130/85 or above to indicate masked hypertension when the person did not meet the criteria for high blood pressure at the doctor's office. By that standard, they found that 5 percent of those with "optimal" blood pressure at the clinic, 18.4 http://bradyediy.soup.io/post/392752791/Los-Angeles-Angels-Lose-Out-On-Masahiro percent with "normal" clinic readings and 30.4 percent with "high-normal" clinic readings had masked hypertension at home. During a median 8.3 years of follow-up, participants with masked hypertension had between 2.24 and 2.65 times the risk for cardiovascular events when compared to those with true normal blood pressure. In a commentary published in PLOS Medicine, Dr. Mark Caulfield of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry points out that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. "With a growing burden of high blood pressure and a growing availability of affordable devices, home blood pressure monitoring could be used to diagnose high blood pressure and help decide whom to treat," he writes. "It empowers patients to take on a role in assessment of their blood pressure." http://alexiseofm.newsvine.com/_news/2014/01/09/22238028-panama-canal-authority-proposes-splitting-costs-to-end-dispute In a separate analysis, Staessen looked at how home blood pressure monitoring affected the cardiovascular risk profiles of patients with masked hypertension or with the opposite problem - so-called white coat hypertension. That's when patients have high blood pressure readings at the doctor's office but normal blood pressure at home.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/31/us-blood-pressure-idUSBREA0U1NP20140131

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