American Heart Association, AMA Release Blood Pressure Measurement Guide
IN A NUTSHELL:
- AMA and AHA release guide on blood pressure measuring
- Patient anxiety, poor techniques can affect accurate readings
- Improper measurements could hinder managing conditions
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a quick start guide with best practices on how to accurately measure blood pressure.
There are several factors that can affect a precise reading, such as blood pressure variability, poor measurement techniques and patient anxiety caused by the white coat syndrome can all contribute to doubt concerning what a patient’s true blood pressure numbers are.
Ultimately, this could lead to failure to manage a condition.
The AMA has developed online tools and resources as part of Target: BP™, a national initiative co-led by the AMA and the AHA. The campaign was created using the most current, evidence-based information to support health care workers in managing their patients’ high blood pressure.