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Published on : Aug 09, 2019

A critical treatable risk factor in heart and arterial systems disorders is high blood pressure. Blood pressure checked over 24 hours can predict complications related to heart and arterial system more accurately. It is more precise and reliable than checking the blood pressure just once. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by Professor Zehn-Yu Zhang and Professor Jan A. Staessen. Both are the faculties of KU Leuven in Belgium. This research study was supervised in Venezuela by Dr. Gladys Maestre from the Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Journal of the America Medical Association published the findings of this research study.

14 Years of Hard Work with Over 11,000 Participants

This research study had an international group of scientists. These scientists followed around 11,135 individuals for nearly 14 years. The participants of the study hailed from 12 different nations in Europe, Latin America, and East Asia. The scientists compared the predictive precision of the blood pressure measurements. First, they checked the blood pressure records made by the healthcare provided in an office setting. Then they compared it with the continuous or repetitive blood pressure measurements recorded for 24 hours. The comparison records showed that the possibility of vascular and heart disorders during the follow-up was very closely associated with the 24-hour recording of blood pressure measurement.

During the initial phase of the research study, the researchers recorded the blood pressure of an individual with the help of all possible methods and calculated other risk factors. Blood pressure was also monitored over a period of 24 hours using automatic monitors. The number of measurements was around 30 times during the day and around 10 at night.

Such consistent monitoring helped the researchers to accurately predict the heart and arterial system-related problems. The researchers also stated that this ambulatory method for blood pressure monitoring is cost-effective and should be made available at all levels of the delivery chain of healthcare institutions.