Evidence demonstrates that the method used to obtain blood pressure measurements significantly impacts readings. Most primary care and urgent care clinics do not follow a standardized procedure for obtaining patient blood pressure in the office, resulting in inaccurate readings and potentially unrecognized or overestimated hypertension prevalence. Following a validated and reproducible method of obtaining blood pressure measurements is critical in correctly diagnosing and managing hypertension.
"A review of blood pressure measurement methods in the office setting and implications for the diagnosis and management of hypertension,"
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