Home Blood Pressure Measurement — A Useful Tool in the Management of High Blood Pressure?

  • M. Maiwald
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Ideally, the preventive treatment of hypertension is initiated upon detection of increased blood pressure readings. This procedure is based on cross-sectional studies of normo- and hypertensive populations which identify high blood pressure as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity. The subsequent drug treatment of hypertension is usually coupled with adverse side-effects for the otherwise asymptomatic patient. Lack of compliance with therapeutic measures is hence a common problem for the attending physician. Excessive death rates have recently been reported in certain subgroups of a study in which risk factors, including high blood pressure, had been treated vigorously [7]. High blood pressure is a symptom which may be caused by a multitude of mechanisms, including stress from life events and working conditions. Single case studies are necessary to study more closely factors governing the course of the disease in individuals.


High Blood Pressure Diastolic Pressure Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Blood Pressure Reading Home Blood Pressure 
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