Is Ambulatory BP Monitoring Needed for the Accurate Diagnosis of High BP?

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Abstract

Synopsis:The use of ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring as a diagnostic strategy for the diagnosis of hypertension after finding an initial raised BP reading in the doctor's office would reduce misdiagnosis. The additional costs of ambulatory monitoring are counterbalanced by cost savings from better targeted therapy and, therefore, ambulatory monitoring is recommended for most patients before the start of antihypertensive drug therapy.

Source: Lovibond K, et al. Cost-effectiveness of options for the diagnosis of high blood pressure in primary care: A modelling study. Lancet 2011;378:1219-1230.

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