The Proven Benefits of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Home blood pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg or above can be used to diagnose high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults, according to research published in Hypertension. The study, conducted by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, is the first to confirm the benefits of home blood pressure monitoring in the United States.

The researchers analyzed large, multi-ethnic studies comparing home blood pressure monitoring to clinic measurements in 3,132 adults in Texas and 420 in North Carolina. In an 11-year follow-up, they determined that study participants with high blood pressure measured at home had the same heart disease risk as those with similar readings taken in a clinic or doctor’s office.

These studies involved adults 30 to 65 from only two U.S. cities, so it’s unknown whether the results apply to younger or older people or people from different areas of the country. According to the American Heart Association, about 46 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension and approximately 30 to 45 percent of them monitor their blood pressure at home.

Sourced from: American Heart Association