Home blood pressure monitoring improves hypertension control

Patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) who monitor their
blood pressure at home have better control of their condition, according
to a new study published today at www.bmj.com by the BMJ. The study
by Professor Francesco Cappuccio of the Department of Community
Health Sciences, at St George’s Hospital Medical School, will also
be presented at the European Society of Hypertension in Paris.

They found that blood pressure was lower in people who had home
blood pressure monitoring than in those who were seen in the healthcare
system. A greater proportion of them also achieved blood pressure
targets when assessed in the clinic.

“Although the reasons for this are not clear, blood pressure
monitoring by patients at home is associated with better blood pressure
values and improved control of hypertension than usual blood pressure
monitoring in the healthcare system”, Professor Cappuccio says.

“As home blood pressure monitoring is now feasible, acceptable
to patients and generally reliable, it could help to involve patients
more closely in the management of their own blood pressure and help
to manage their hypertension more effectively”, the authors

Professor Cappuccio and his team of researchers analysed 18 blood
pressure monitoring studies involving nearly 3000 people with hypertension.
A total of 1359 monitored their blood pressure at home, while 1355
had their blood pressure monitored in the healthcare system.