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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
One third of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. This disorder is often referred to as a "silent killer". It does not produce symptoms, and if untreated, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
The only way to know if you have hypertension (or high blood pressure) is to have your blood pressure checked with a monitor. Usually, this is done in the doctor's office. But some individuals can have so-called white coat hypertension, with elevated readings while in the exam room because of anxiety. Also, there is only a rough correlation between measurements taken in the doctor's office and blood pressure throughout the rest of the day.
There is a new device called an ambulatory blood pressure monitor, which more accurately predicts how well blood pressure is being controlled.
Not every patient with hypertension requires or benefits from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, but your doctor may want you to wear an ambulatory blood pressure device in certain situations.Read more about high blood pressure: