Editor Pick: Out-of-Office Blood Pressure Monitoring: A Comparison of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring and Home (Self) Monitoring Of Blood Pressure

Originally published 5 Oct 2020 | Hypertension. 2020

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From where I sit, and we have all been sitting a lot in mid-2020 courtesy of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the principal appeal of 24-hour ABPM is that it is an excellent method to diagnose the presence of hypertension, and to identify white coat and masked effects, whether or not a person is on antihypertensive therapy. Both ABPM and home BP are better than usual office BP in predicting future target organ damage. When guidelines recommend an out-of-office measurement technique, ABPM is mentioned as the preferred modality about half the time, with the recommendation split to language such as ABPM and home BP the other half of the time. It seems to me that ABPM has the preponderance of evidence to promote its utility as a robust, evidence-based, out-of-office measurement at this time.

The full text of this article can be found at: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.14650