24-hour device offers better blood pressure test, Twin Cities doctors say

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 10:44 PM

Twin Cities doctors say the cuffs at the clinic may misdiagnose thousands. They are touting a 24-hour monitor.

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gemie1Sep. 8, 1310:14 PM

Good and informative article. I would not mind testing my blood pressure this way. I would rather have an accurate reading.

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jhb8426Sep. 9, 1312:11 AM

Blood pressure measurement is a crap shoot at best. I've been in the clinic and the nurse measures it ok. The doctor comes in and it's 20 points different. Nurse comes back and measures ok. This doctor doesn't believe in white coat syndrome.

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redorblueSep. 9, 13 1:02 AM

Surprised it's taken the docs this long to arrive at this conclusion. Statistics 101 tells you that you cannot draw conclusions with any sufficient degree of certainty based on measurements taken at the doctor's office. (sample size is much too small and the environment is variant). Also surprised the FDA has let this harmful practice continue for, like, ever.

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sausageSep. 9, 13 4:00 AM

The first mistake doctors and clinics make is the initial BP taking. The BP is never supposed to be taken immediately after entering the room. The tech is supposed to wait five full minutes after you sit down. Then you sit upright and with your feet on the floor; no talking; no movement. STOP TALKING TO ME FOR THAT FIVE MINUTES! I have felt that my mother was taking my pressure. She/he will take my pressure and then give me a look of displeasure or say something to make me feel like I have done something wrong because the reading is not to their liking. I am not there to please the tech-nurse or the doctor. I am there for MY well being and not for their pleasure or judgement. I have watched these fools take my pressure and it could read 175/90. I tell them it will be OK when I get home. They will not believe me. So I go home and take it and it reads 110/75. I call it in and they do not even record it. Doctors and nurses had better clean up their act. They are giving BP meds to people who do not need them and causing BP readings to be high by their actions. Doctors must be working for the Pharmaceutical companies because they do not do their jobs. Wise up!

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lrnmthSep. 9, 13 6:02 AM

What does the 24-hour monitoring test cost?

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alicemarySep. 9, 13 7:39 AM

I usually ask for them to take it with the automatic machine that they can wheel in. They leave the room and the machine takes it 3 times in a row. The results are very consistent and not subject to human error. However, you're still in the office and nervous...

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CarrieMplsSep. 9, 13 8:37 AM

lrnmth - Chances are a 24-hour test costs a heck of a lot less than a lifetime of meds you don't need.

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mjcmspSep. 9, 13 9:40 AM

This should be the standard way of diagnosing patients suspected of having high blood pressure.

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peetnikSep. 9, 1312:13 PM

Consider instructing patients to take their home blood pressures at different times of day and record. Take these recordings and their machines to clinic appointments to assess any variation of between both machines. The person taking BP reading should be mindful of proper technique, including cuff size.

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