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Measuring blood pressure accurately is the first step in improving hypertension management. Small errors in blood pressure measurement can make a big difference. For example, a seemingly small error of +/- 5 mmHG can

  • Over diagnose and over treat millions of pre-hypertensive Americans
  • Overlook millions of borderline hypertensive Americans, increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke

Blood pressure measurement accuracy can be improved by using validated equipment and ensuring the patient is set up correctly. Small errors, e.g., talking or failing to seat patient with back supported, can increase blood pressure by 5 to 15 mmHG. This section includes information on how to measure blood pressure accurately and how to integrate an automatic blood pressure device into your practice.

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