GP Mike Knapton explains how blood pressure tests may change.
The recommended way to diagnose high blood pressure is to change for the first time in more than a century, potentially identifying a quarter of patients who could have been misdiagnosed.
Guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) recommend that patients should be monitored for 24 hours to determine if they have high blood pressure. This process, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), involves wearing a cuff and a box on a belt for a day as the patient goes about their daily life, to give a series of readings under normal conditions.
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