- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) involves wearing a device that automatically records blood pressure every 30 to 60 minutes for 24 hours. New research suggests that ABPM — especially the nighttime readings — can better predict death from cardiovascular disease and other causes than conventional blood pressure readings done in a clinic.
The study included more than 59,000 people (average age 59) from 223 primary care practices in Spain. Most (59%) were being treated for high blood pressure. Researchers estimated the associations between patients' clinic blood pressure and ABPM readings and deaths occurring during a median follow-up of nearly 10 years.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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