Auto BP monitors headed for GP wait rooms

AUTOMATED machines enabling patients to check their own blood pressure will be installed in 120 GP clinic waiting rooms across the country by year’s end.

Thirty of the free machines, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, will be rolled out in a pilot program with more to follow as clinics sign up to the initiative through the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (www.hbprca.com.au).

With studies showing up to 35% of Australians have hypertension, Professor Markus Schlaich, a blood pressure research specialist and council member, said the move should encourage more people in the community to “know their numbers” and act on elevated BP. 

“The great advantage of these devices, even for lay people, is you virtually put your arm into the machine and it does everything else,” Professor Schlaich, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne,

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