Is Arterial Pressure Self-Measurement Better Than Ambulatory 24-Hour Pressure Monitoring?
Hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the world. The overall reduction of absolute risk factors for cardiovascular disease is the therapeutic goal, with blood pressure (BP) management being a key component. Thus, accurate diagnosis and treatment of hypertension are necessary to improve a patient’s prognosis . The bulk of our knowledge about the risks of hypertension and the benefits of treatment has been based on the traditional method of taking a small number of BP readings with the auscultatory technique in medical setting. However, such measurements, which are of enormous value on a population basis, often provide a poor estimate of risk in an individual patient for various reasons, such as poor technique of the observer, the “white-coat” effect (the transient but variable elevation of BP in a medical setting), and the inherent variability of BP [1, 2].
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