Behind The News - 29 May 2012

THE High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia has renewed its advocacy for more widespread use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in primary care.

This follows the release late last year of a consensus position statement developed by the council and the Heart Foundation recommending wider use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

While it is considered accurate and speeds up diagnosis, the lack of Medicare subsidy and other practical issues are impeding uptake by GPs.

Professor Geoff Head