Almost 20 percent of people who receive hypertension are not a problem, but they are often misdiagnosed as a result of the use of manual devices to measure blood pressure, a study has shown. About 20 percent of the people who receive the treatment of hypertension are not a problem and do not need medication, mainly due to the fact that their blood pressure has not been measured properly. More than half of the physicians in the study, published in the journal Canadian Family Physician, were found using manual devices to measure blood pressure, a dated technology that often leads to misdiagnosis.
A survey among Canadian family doctors in 2016 showed that 52 percent of the 769 respondents used a manual tension meter to measure blood pressure. Only 43 percent used an automatic device. Automated measurement has the advantage of eliminating the so-called white coat syndrome, which refers to artificially high blood pressure resulting from the stress of being in a doctor's office and human interaction. Clinicians should take these devices to recognize people who are likely to suffer from high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It is possible to reduce the blood pressure by a healthy diet, regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption, reduced intake of dietary sodium, avoidance of exposure to tobacco products and stress management, the researchers suggested.