Accurate measurement of BP is the key to control HT


Dr BA Muruganathan, Tamil Nadu    03 December 2017

Accurate measurement of BP as per protocol is a must for correct diagnosis. Periodic measurement documentation and follow up are necessary. BP apparatus used for measuring BP should be validated. Recent guidelines recommend home BP monitoring as a routine component of BP measurement in most patients with suspected or known HT. HBPM is well coordinated with organ damage as is the ambulatory BP. While ABPM is the current gold standard in the correct diagnosis of HT and or borderline HT HBPM should now be considered as an alternative and not complementary to ABPM for decision making in HT management. Doctors must check the BP and whenever required standing BP must be taken and the timing of BP measurement in concordance with medicine to be taken.

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