Review finds benefits to self-monitoring of hypertension

08/5/2013 | Reuters

An analysis of 52 studies found that individuals with hypertension who self-monitor their blood pressure had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings at six months compared with those who did not practice self-monitoring, though by a year the differences were not as apparent. The benefits lasted longer when self-monitoring was paired with additional support and resources, including phone calls with care providers. The findings appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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