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Monitoring blood pressure for 30 minutes reduces unnecessary hypertension treatment, finds study

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 16 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1302
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Using automated blood pressure monitoring over 30 minutes reduces the number of patients requiring hypertension treatment and those needing an increased dose of existing hypertension treatment, a primary care study has shown.

Previous research has indicated that up to one third of patients found to be hypertensive in a clinical setting have white coat hypertension, with raised blood pressure that falls to within the normal range in other settings. Many of these patients are treated for hypertension so the new study investigated whether monitoring blood …

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