Track­ing BP at home yields bet­ter re­sults

First For Women - - Health -

In a study of pa­tients with high blood pres­sure, those who used at-home blood­pres­sure mon­i­tors had a 17% de­crease in sys­tolic blood pres­sure (the top num­ber) and a 7-point drop in di­as­tolic BP (the bot­tom num­ber). Over­all, 79% of those track­ing their pres­sure at home were able to get their num­bers within a nor­mal range. The au­thors sug­gest look­ing at data from both home and doc­tor’s mea­sure­ments— hav­ing both num­bers makes it eas­ier to as­sess progress and ad­just treat­ment if needed. The av­er­age home mon­i­tor­ing kit used in the study costs $38 and re­duced an­nual doc­tors’ of­fice vis­its by 1.2 vis­its per per­son.

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