Hypertension Blood Pressure Measurement Fact or Fiction – Case 2

A 64-year-old Asian man presents to the clinic for the first time for evaluation. Before entering the room, the clinician reviews the patient's vital signs, which are significant for a BP 151/92 mm Hg (similar to a previous reading of 149/91 mm Hg obtained at his primary care provider's office 1 month earlier).

After confirming with the nurse that the correct measurement techniques were used to obtain today's BP, the clinician recognizes that the patient may not be aware of the importance of his BP in reducing his risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are significant differences in BP awareness, control, and treatment rates based on race and ethnicity.

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