Blood pressure self-measurement in the elderly: Differences between automatic and semi-automatic systems

R. Antonicelli, M. Partemi, L. Spazzafumo, L. Amadio, E. Paciaroni

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Arterial hypertension is the most common cardiovascular risk factor in the elderly. Its clinical control emphasises the problem of the systems used for monitoring: clinical measurement by the physician, home self-monitoring, ambulatory monitoring, etc. In particular, in the elderly population, the self-monitoring of blood pressure can present further problems associated with their situation. In our study we evaluated, in an elderly population, the differences in the self-recording of blood pressure with automatic and semi-automatic equipment using a mercury sphygmomanometer by a physician as a 'gold standard' control. We studied 28 elderly subjects using a rigid protocol for the self-measurement of their blood pressure. Our results show that automatic equipment is significantly more precise and easier to use than semiautomatic equipment in home self-measurement of blood pressure in elderly people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-231
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995



  • Arterial hypertension
  • Elderly
  • Self-measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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