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March 9, 1998

Self-recorded Blood Pressures

Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(5):425. doi:10.1001/archinte.158.5.425

THE SIXTH REPORT of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure has encouraged the use of patients' self-recording of blood pressure (BP).1 It is noted that measurement of BP outside the clinician's office may provide valuable information for the initial assessment of patients with hypertension and for monitoring the response to therapy. Unfortunately, there is no universal agreement on upper limits of normal for self-recorded home BP readings, despite the increasing use of many available and relatively inexpensive devices.

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