Hypertension and Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Pressure Monitors
A recent Joint Scientific Statement by the American Heart Association, the American Society of Hypertension and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has issued a call to action on the Use and Reimbursement for Home Blood Pressure Monitoring (22-May-08).
Many individuals with high blood pressure (approximately 25% of all Americans) should own and perform regular pressure checks with a Home BPM. As high blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, heart attacks and even death, individuals should have access to their own blood pressure monitors for vigilante monitoring.
As a medical device that is readily available at local pharmacies for about $50 to $100, the Blood Pressure Monitor is not usually covered by insurance. Though the AHA and other groups believe that the device should be covered, as the disease leads to about 7 million deaths annually in the U.S. alone.
Currently there are 3 popular types of pressure monitors; finger, wrist & arm. The most popular, the arm monitor has also been shown to be the most accurate in the series. But in all instances the AHA advises to visit a doctor to prescribe the appropriate monitor and medication if required.
For more details and tools for better health, please visit the website for the American Heart Association www.americanheart.org
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* Look for MPD Blood Pressure Monitors at your local pharmacy.