Value of central blood pressure to guide treatment in people with high blood pressure (BP GUIDE Study)
The traditional way of recording blood pressure is with a cuff inflated around the upper arm. This has been used clinically for more than 100 years and is still the main method used by doctors to diagnose high blood pressure, as well as to make decisions about appropriate drug treatment.
One problem with the upper arm cuff method is that individuals with the same (or similar) upper arm blood pressure may have large differences in central blood pressure (that which the organs are exposed to). This difference may be important because, regardless of the upper arm measure, central blood pressure is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
It is now possible to estimate central blood pressure non-invasively by recording the pressure pulse at the wrist. The aim of this study is to determine the value of these measures to guide treatment in patients diagnosed with hypertension. Knowledge of central blood pressure is expected to improve treatment strategies and patient well being.
This project is a participant based study