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Stability of home blood pressure over time.
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PMID:  2362259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the initial assessment of mild hypertensive patients a prolonged period of repeated measurement is necessary to ensure accurate diagnosis. Home monitoring of blood pressure (BP) may accurately predict those patients whose hypertension will be 'sustained' in a clinic environment and it is important therefore to establish whether average home BP is stable on repeated assessment. Seventeen patients found to be hypertensive on screening were recalled after two weeks and again after four weeks for further BP measurement. All patients monitored home BP over 3 days following each clinic visit. Clinic BP fell from the first to last visit (181 +/- 4/97 +/- to 162 +/- 5/93 +/- 2 mmHg, P less than 0.05) with no change in home BP over the same period (153 +/- 3/89 +/- 3 to 154 +/- 4/89 +/- 3 mmHg). It is clear therefore that an average home BP produced during three days of monitoring is a stable measurement at least over a four week period and thus in the initial assessment of a hypertensive patient this technique may allow for greater diagnostic accuracy.
S G Jyothinagaram; L Rae; A Campbell; P L Padfield
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human hypertension     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0950-9240     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Hypertens     Publication Date:  1990 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-08     Completed Date:  1990-08-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8811625     Medline TA:  J Hum Hypertens     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care
Blood Pressure Determination / methods*
Hypertension / diagnosis*
Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
Time Factors

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