In Office Blood Pressure Testing…

13 May

is not enough to diagnose hypertension. People who have a slightly elevated reading at one doctor visit should not be rushed onto medication. To be sure that a patient has hypertension that needs treatment, blood pressure should be measured over a longer period outside the doctor’s office, either by wearing a 24-hour-a-day pressure cuff or using a device to monitor blood pressure at home.

Source: Samuel Joseph Mann, MD, hypertension specialist and professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City.   Bottom Line Personal April 15, 2015

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