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Increased sensitivity for blood pressure readings

Masked high blood pressure or hypertension will soon be detectable with patients incorporating home and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring as well as regular check-ups at the doctors clinic. As blood pressure varies throughout the day, one reading infrequently taken on trips to the doctor is insensitive for many people, particularly those with masked hypertension. Ambulatory readings allow 24 hour appreciation of blood pressure changes, with hypertension for these people defined as greater than 135/85mmHg (normal is below 120/80mmHg). Hypertension measured in a clinical setting is defined as above 140/90mmHg.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by American Journal of Hypertension June 2005

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About: Increased sensitivity for blood pressure readings

Date: 1 July 2005

Source: American Journal of Hypertension June 2005

URL: http://today.reuters.co.uk/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-07-01T141952Z_01_B263954_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-MASKED-HYPERTENSION-DC.XML

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