High blood pressure is a major risk factor in the development of life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke. It also predisposes to erectile dysfunction.
A recent study published in the November 24 Archives of Internal Medicine shows that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (done at a patient’s home) gives a more accurate picture of the blood pressure problem than testing done at a physician’s office. In cases of severe high blood pressure disorders, (those associated with a 20% incidence of life-threatening complications) the office blood pressure measurements did not predict a single patient that went on to suffer one of these major setbacks.
For very little expense, patients at risk could have much better management, with fewer office visits, using online interpretation and management of changes in their blood pressures. Millions of lives could be saved.