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Blood Pressure Monitors Advised for Home Use June 5, 2008

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Blood Pressure Monitors Advised for Home Use

(May 30, 2008) – People with hypertension should routinely monitor their blood pressure at home to help manage the disease, according to a new joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses’ Association.

“High blood pressure is notoriously difficult to treat to goal – many patients fail to reach target levels despite treatment, and studies show home monitoring can help,” said Thomas G. Pickering, M.D., D.Phil., chair of the statement writing group. “Blood pressure measurement and tracking could be improved with home monitoring by the patients themselves, in much the way people with diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels with home glucose monitors.”

Accurate blood pressure monitoring is vital to the treatment of hypertension as the condition is a leading risk factor for stroke, heart attack and heart failure, among other diseases, according to Robin Petry, a certified diabetes instructor with University Hospital's Diabetes Services. University's diabetes program has received the certificate of recognition from the American Diabetes Association. Staff members combine individual and group counseling to ensure that you receive high quality education and the latest principles of diabetes management.

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