Thursday, March 27, 2014

Doctors raising blood pressure in patients

As per a latest review conducted at the University of Exeter Medical School, and sustained by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula have found that the recordings noted by the doctors are higher by 7/4mmHg than when same patients are checked by the nurses. The doctors recorded by the high blood pressure levels as compared by the nurses. The study is published in the British Journal of General Practice. The Dr Christopher Clark, of the University of Exeter Medical School explained, “Doctors should continue to measure blood pressure as part of the assessment of an ill patient or a routine check-up, but not where clinical decisions on blood pressure treatment depend on the outcome. The difference we noted is enough to tip some patients over the threshold for treatment for high blood pressure, and unnecessary medication can lead to unwanted side-effects.”

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