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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • The 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, which sometimes is erroneously called "blood pressure holter", is a portable electronic device which automatically measures blood pressure every 15-30 minutes for an entire 24-hour period. The device consists of a cuff which is wrapped around the arm and a device which is a little larger than a pack of cigarettes. The device is connected to the cuff and is placed on the belt or hung on the shoulder.
  • The application of this technique enables the performance of multiple measurements of blood pressure away from the stress inducing environment of a doctor's office. Hence, a full profile of blood pressure is acquired under the normal conditions of a working day, during work, at home and during sleep.
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is not necessary for all hypertensive persons. However, it may be useful in selected cases, mainly for the diagnosis of the "white coat hypertension" (see "What is white coat hypertension").

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos