Wednesday , October 18 2017

daveLast week I had my physical. When they checked my blood pressure, it was 141/81 and my doctor was a little concerned that it was elevated. He asked me if it was like this most of the time and I told him it was not. I asked him to check it again at the end of the appointment. Since this was my first time in his office, the appointment lasted 30 minutes. At the end, he had the MA come in and when they checked again it was 119/77, more in line with my normal readings.

If he had only checked once he would have likely wanted to start me on a medication, and I wondered how often that happens every day. The reason I asked for the second check has to do with ambulatory blood pressure and the value of properly interpreting those values. This week, in his latest video, Dr. George Bakris explains how to use ambulatory blood pressure screening to accurately assess hypertension.

Your partner in diabetes care,
Dave Joffe
Editor-in-chief