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WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DIAGNOSE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

High blood pressure is the major underlying risk factor for heart disease and stroke, yet making a correct diagnosis can be challenging as many people experience a spike in blood pressure when the doctor measures it. A recent modeling study in the Lancet suggests using a device called a 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure cuff. Bimal Asher, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says as technology improves, maybe.

ASHER: I think it is just a matter of time before this is able to be done, now, as with all this stuff it needs to be calibrated and tested and made sure that it's accurate over the 24 hours. With today's technological advances it's all feasible within the next few years to be able to do it yourself at home or to have doctors say, okay, all you need is this blood pressure cuff that plugs right into your iPhone. I think as the technology advances on these you may see this become standard and it may be the best thing to do. :30

For now, Asher suggests home blood pressure measurement. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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