Though we state it often, we at SunTech Medical aren't the only ones touting the utility of monitoring BP outside of a clinical setting. A recent article published by a northeastern regional news website advocates for the use of home BP (HBPM) and ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) to diagnose and monitor hypertension. An estimated 50% of patients experience either white coat hypertension or masked hypertension. Therefore, as Dr. David Landers is quoted in the article, "'One blood pressure reading in the office is not useful. What you need is more data points.'"
"We should be doing more ABPM. It's the most accurate way to diagnose hypertension."The benefits of ABPM – the ability to capture dipping status and contribution to the management of antihypertensive drugs – are highlighted. Dr. David Wild goes on to state that "'We may be misdiagnosing patients... We should be doing more ABPM. It's the most accurate way to diagnose hypertension.'" At the same time HBPM is noted to be a more affordable option.
Either way, measuring by HBPM or ABPM is requisite for optimal diagnosis and management of hypertension. That's our story and we're sticking to it; along with many others who continue to support the need for measurement outside of a clinical setting.