Suffering from high BP? Not really, your doctor’s manual devices may be at fault
As per a new study, nearly 20% of patients of high blood pressure could be getting treatment for no reason as a result of misdiagnosis owing to the use of manual devices.health and fitness Updated: Mar 21, 2017 09:05 IST
Nearly 20% of people receiving treatment for hypertension do not actually have a problem, but they are often misdiagnosed as a result of doctors using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a study has showed.
“About 20% of people receiving treatment for hypertension don’t actually have a problem and do not need medication. This is due mainly to the fact that their blood pressure was improperly measured,” said lead author Janusz Kaczorowski, Professor at Universite de Montreal in Canada.
More than half of doctors in the study, published in the journal Canadian Family Physician, were found using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a dated technology that often leads to misdiagnosis.
A survey among Canadian family doctors in 2016 revealed that 52% of the 769 respondents used a manual tensiometer to measure blood pressure. Only 43% used an automatic device.
“Clinicians should use automatic devices,” Kaczorowski said.
Automated measurement has the advantage of eliminating what’s known as white-coat syndrome -- which refers to artificially high blood pressure resulting from the stress of being in a doctor’s office and human interaction.
Clinicians should adopt these devices to detect individuals likely to suffer from high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It is possible to lower blood pressure through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption, reduced intake of dietary sodium, avoidance of exposure to tobacco products, and stress management, the researchers suggested.
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First Published: Mar 21, 2017 08:56 IST