What is the accuracy of clinic blood pressure measurement?

Carla Sala, Erika Santin, Marta Rescaldani, Cesare Cuspidi, Fabio Magrini

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Background: In clinical practice, blood pressure (BP) is frequently measured at the end of the visit in patients sitting on one side of the bed and not on a chair according to guidelines. Methods: In 540 consecutive subjects with essential hypertension (EH) attending a hospital outpatient clinic, BP was measured in the following sequence: 1) patient seated on chair for at least 5 min, 2) patient supine, 3) patient seated on bed, and 4) patient standing for a few minutes. Results: We found that mean (±SEM) BP was 143.5/87.2 ± 0.9/0.5, 153.4/89.7 ± 1.0/0.5, 148.9/90.9 ± 1.0/0.5, and 144.8/91.7 ± 1.0/0.6 mm Hg, respectively (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Body posture
  • Clinic blood pressure
  • Essential hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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