Monday, May 26, 2008

At-home monitoring recommended for Hypertension

The American Heart Association has recommended that all hypertensive patients monitor themselves at home. There is some scrutiny of this new policy due to a device manufacturer being financially tied to the Association's blood pressure website, but experts agree that patients monitoring their pressure fluctuations over the course of the day, and for a number of days, could be beneficial to determining how well medications are working. CNN had the story. Most devices cost between 50 and 100 dollars and can be purchased at pharmacies or online. Insurance most often does not cover the cost. 72 millions Americans are thought to have hypertension.

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