Home blood pressure testing helps patients get control
Patient with hypertension who measure their blood pressure at home are up to 50% more likely to achieve control, according to a Japanese study.
Researchers studied 2,363 Japanese patients taking hypertensive drugs.
Of these, 77% had taken regular blood pressure readings at home and were more likely to be older, male, have a family history of hypertension and on a great number of antihypertensive drugs.
Compared to the 23% who had not taken BP readings at home, they were 46% more likely to hit a target of 140/90mmHg in the morning, 36% more likely in the evening and 23% more likely when having their BP checked in the surgery.
Journal of Human Hypertension 2008, 22:197-204.BP monitor