MIMS Education

Home BP Monitoring: A Short Primer

Home BP Monitoring: A Short Primer

CardiologyInternal MedicineFamily MedicineGeneral Practice
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About this course

Hypertension or elevated blood pressure (BP) is usually diagnosed when a patient has, on 2 separate occasions, a systolic BP of ≥140 and/or diastolic BP of ≥90. Diagnosing hypertension is usually based on office (clinic or hospital) BP measurements. However, BP may vary considerably when taken in an office setting compared to BP measured at an out-of-office setting. Out-of-office BP monitoring has also been shown to have a stronger association with hypertension-related target-organ damage and clinical cardiovascular outcomes compared with office-based BP measurements. This module discusses home BP monitoring (HBPM), when to use it and how to do it, the validated tools for HBPM and the recommendations for its use in Asia.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, health care providers should be able to
  • Discuss the definition and burden of hypertension globally and in the region
  • Understand the two methods of out-of-office BP measurement
  • Understand the indications, technique, and importance of HBPM

Topics covered

  • Overview of hypertension in Asia
  • Out-of-office BP measurement – advantages and types
  • HBPM –indications, technique, frequency, validated devices, patient counseling, challenges
Keywords: hypertension, elevated blood pressure, home BP monitoring