Businessman with ambulatory blood pressure monitor

Businessman with ambulatory blood pressure monitor

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Credit: JAMES KING-HOLMES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Automatic blood pressure measure- ment. Businessman seen wearing an ambulatory blood pressure monitor on his hip. This 24 hour recording device automatically measures blood pressure (BP) at 30 minute intervals. Traditional methods rely on the doctor measuring BP. In some patients, however, the presence of a doctor leads to a sudden raised BP (known as the "white coat effect"). To prevent misdiagnosis, the ambulatory BP monitor records blood pressure while a person goes about their normal life. In this way "false hypertensives" can be diagnosed. It is estimated that with this device up to a third of patients may be spared unnecessary BP drug treatment.

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Keywords: ambulatory, ambulatory blood pressure, apparatus, automatic, blood equipment, blood pressure, bp monitor, healthcare, hypertension, medical, medicine, white coat effect

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