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Blood pressure practice flawed


The practice of assessing patients for hypertension based on their blood pressure readings over the course of a day is flawed, according to French researchers.Ambulatory monitoring where a patient is fitted with a device to measure blood pressure during a typical 12 hour day does not provide accurate enough information for doctors to decide whether to treat, they say (Dr G Chatellier et al, BMJ 31 October 1992).


Multiple blood pressure measurements over six months is the more reliable method, recommends the World Health Organization.

What Doctors Don't Tell You Written by What Doctors Don't Tell You