Several factors have necessitated an update of the 1980 report of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program on blood pressure measurement devices used by consumers.1 First, new information relating to the use and accuracy of blood pressure measurement devices has become available.2 Second, due to heightened awareness and improved technology, sales and use of self-measurement equipment (including home blood pressure devices and automated machines) have increased.3 Last, and of equal importance, is the increasing interest in ambulatory blood pressure monitoring systems among health professionals, leading to questions concerning the appropriateness of their use in the control of high blood pressure.4,5
The statement that follows addresses the use and accuracy of three types of blood pressure measurement equipment: portable home devices, stationary automated machines, and noninvasive ambulatory monitors. Benefits and concerns relating to each type of equipment are discussed. Recommendations regarding the use of devices for
Hunt JC, Frohlich ED, Moser M, Roccella EJ, Keighley EA. Devices Used for Self-Measurement of Blood Pressure: Revised Statement of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program. Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(12):2231–2234. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360120103017
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