Previous research has shown that regular home monitoring can help control blood pressure, and better control can mean a reduced risk of death; cardiovascular events including stroke and heart attack; and cognitive decline and dementia.
The findings were published in JAMA Network Open by a team from Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center. The data is taken from the National Healthy Aging Poll and builds on a report released last year.
The poll, based on the UM Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation and supported by Michigan Medicine and AARP, asked adults ages 50 to 80 about their chronic health conditions, followed by follow-up blood pressure outside the clinic and interacting with blood pressure healthcare providers. Study authors Mellanie V. Springer, MD, MS, of the Michigan Department of Medical Neurology, and Deborah Levine, MD, MPH, of the Department of Internal Medicine, worked with the NPHA team to develop exploratory and analytical questions result accumulation.
Blood pressure monitoring is associated with lower blood pressure
The data in the new paper came from 1,247 respondents who said they were taking medication to control their blood pressure or had a chronic health condition that required blood pressure control – namely a history of stroke, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure. , diabetes, chronic kidney disease or hypertension.
Of those, 55% said they owned a blood pressure monitor, although some said they had never used it. Among people who use it, there is a big difference in how often they check their pressure – and only about half said they share the measurement results with a healthcare provider. But people who own monitors are 10 times more likely to have their blood pressure checked outside of a healthcare facility than those who don’t.
They say the results suggest that procedures should be developed to educate patients about the importance of self-monitoring of blood pressure and to share measurement results with clinicians.