Fast Five Quiz: Hypertension Key Clinical Aspects

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


June 17, 2022

ABPM is used to monitor daily and nocturnal BP, offering information such as overall BP load, the percentage of elevated BP readings, and extent of BP fall during sleep. Indications for ABPM include initial diagnosis of hypertension, a discrepancy between BP measurements in and outside the physician's office, labile BP, and poor BP control. In general, ABPM readings correlate more closely with target-organ injury. A recent randomized diagnostic study found that mean BP was significantly lower for in-clinic measurements compared with ABPM. BP typically drops 10%-20% during the night; patients who fail to demonstrate such a drop are at increased risk for cardiovascular events.

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