High blood pressure should be confirmed outside of physician’s office

“High blood pressure is important! Check your blood pressure! Elsewhere on this site, I posted a short video of how to correctly check your blood pressure. If you are being treated for hypertension, record your blood pressure readings at home on a graph and give this to your prescribing provider. The US Preventive Services Task Force says “ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the first choice.” I will look for more information about recording ambulatory BP.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 High blood pressure should be confirmed outside of physician’s office, USPSTF says

 NBC News (10/13, Fox, Edwards) reports that while “blood pressure checks definitely save lives and are worth doing, experts said” yesterday, “patients need to get their blood pressure screened outside the doctor’s office, too.” The reason is that “some people’s blood pressure spikes when they see a” physician, “while other people may have dangerous surges when they wake up in the morning, or through the day, the US Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] says in new recommendations,” which are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

HealthDay (10/13, Reinberg) reports that “ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the first choice for confirming a diagnosis of high blood pressure…said” the USPSTF. However, “when not available, home monitors are an acceptable alternative.”