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Side effects of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
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PMID:  15923817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study the experiences and complaints of patients who underwent 24 h blood pressure monitoring. METHODS: Two groups of hypertensive patients of a tertiary outpatient clinic were asked to fill in a nine-item questionnaire about the side effects of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). The first group (n=75) used the auscultatory Oxford Medilog device (OM) and the second group (n=110) the oscillometric Spacelabs 90207 (SL). RESULTS: The OM showed significantly less error readings (OM versus SL, 9 versus 19%; P=0.005) but was also less tolerated by the subjects. Sleep disturbance was noted in 53% of the OM patients group in comparison with 18% in the SL group (P<0.0001). Adjustment of daily activities occurred more often in the OM group (OM versus SL, 37 versus 19%; P=0.013) as did complaints of pain in the cuffed arm (OM versus SL, 31 versus 11 %; P=0.007). There was no difference in the proportion of patients that refused a second ABPM (OM versus SL, 11 versus 10%). Linear regression analyses showed that differences in side effects between the two devices were not due to differences in blood pressure, heart rate, age or sex. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that side effects of ABPM are not negligible and that there are differences between devices.
Marijke S van der Steen; Jacques W M Lenders; Theo Thien
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Blood pressure monitoring     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1473-5725     ISO Abbreviation:  Blood Press Monit     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-30     Completed Date:  2008-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9606438     Medline TA:  Blood Press Monit     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  151-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / adverse effects*,  instrumentation
Blood Pressure Monitors
Hypertension / diagnosis,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Sleep Disorders / etiology

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