TIMING BLOOD PRESSURE
ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT’S THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO MEASURE BLOOD PRESSURE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many people experience a spike in blood pressure in the evening, even those who are taking medications to lower their blood pressure, yet few measure their blood pressure at this time of day. Such spikes can put them at risk for a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack. Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, offers some tips.
LANGE: When I treat a patient with high blood pressure I ask them to take multiple blood pressure measurements really throughout the day. This will tell me what their blood pressure is during certain times of the day, which will allow me to adjust the medications, and also to determine whether the blood pressure I get in the office is the same as the blood pressure they get at home. One other thing I need to mention is the blood pressure cuff needs to be working correctly. The wrist blood pressure cuffs oftentimes are not very accurate, much less accurate than the arm blood pressure cuffs, and when a patients buys one of these they should take it into the physicians office to check it and make sure it’s working properly. :33
Good blood pressure control is an important strategy to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.