TEMPLE, Texas – Home blood pressure monitoring can improve hypertension control and save medical costs, according to results of a pilot initiative presented at the American Heart Association’s recent Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions. Home blood pressure monitoring isn’t a common part of most treatment plans, said Roy Champion, clinical quality R.N. at Scott and White Health Plan. “Meanwhile, in the charts that did use home blood pressure monitoring, approximately 86% of those patients had their hypertension under control,” Champion said in a statement. Home monitoring combined with doctor visits to measure a patient’s blood pressure helps to avoid numbers skewed by “white-coat hypertension,” when blood pressure is high in a medical setting but not in everyday life; and “masked hypertension,” when blood pressure is normal in a medical setting but high at home, he said. Champion studied the impact of an intervention that provided home blood pressure monitors, online and print resources for tracking readings, and monitoring reminders to 2,550 adult patients with persistent uncontrolled high blood pressure. They found that by their third office visit, nearly 67% of patients had their blood pressure controlled, and almost 60% of patients had their blood pressure control by their sixth visit.
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