Repeat BP reading on par with taking meds

Evidence confirms the importance of a second take

New evidence confirms the importance of taking a second blood pressure reading when the initial numbers are on the high side.

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A study of more than 38,000 US primary care patients suggests GPs who routinely take two measurements minimise the risk of overtreatment.

Specifically, the research shows that patients who initially had high blood pressure readings of more than 140/90mmHg during a consultation had a median drop of 8mmHg in systolic pressure during a repeat reading.

The higher the systolic reading, the greater the difference after a second