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Many home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate

may be inaccurate in up to 15% of patients, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11­-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Major guidelines recommend home monitoring to guide diagnosis and treatment of patients with hypertension; however, little is known about the real-world accuracy of home monitors that patients use. Researchers led by , MD, MPH (Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa, in Canada) compared measurements from home monitors with validated mercury sphygmomanometers, which are used in doctors’ offices, in 210 patients.

The investigators found that 63/210 of the home monitor readings (30%) were > 5 mm Hg different and 16 (8%) were > 10 mm Hg different from the mercury measurement. For diastolic blood pressure, these proportions were 32% (67/210) and 9% (18/210) respectively.

“Home blood pressure monitors may be inaccurate in 5% to 15% of patients, depending on the threshold for accuracy used,” said Dr. Hiremath. “We recommend all patients with home monitors get them validated with their health care providers at least once.”

Study: “Are Home Blood Pressure Monitors Accurate Compared to Validated Devices?” (Abstract SA-PO187)

Disclosures: Swapnil Hiremath receives research funding from GE Healthcare. Co-author Ayub Akbari receives research funding from Ortho-Biotech, Boehringer Ingelheim, GE, Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Pfizer, Amgen, and BMS; and receives honoraria from Ortho-Biotech, Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Pfizer, and Amgen.


Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

Source: American Society of Nephrology