Effect of unrestricted activity on accuracy of ambulatory blood pressure measurement.
A validation study of the Takeda TM-2420 ambulatory blood pressure recorder was performed on 10 subjects using the Oxford ambulatory intra-arterial recording apparatus during unrestricted activity. Electronic linkage of the two recorders ensured simultaneous blood pressure readings, taken from opposite arms. Although there was close approximation of intra-arterial and automated sphygmomanometric recordings over the range of blood pressure encountered in this study, there was a wide scatter of points and a tendency for the machine to underestimate systolic pressure by more than 15 mm Hg in the hypertensive range (systolic blood pressure more than 160 mm Hg) was detected. These findings suggest that automated recording of blood pressure during unrestricted activity may have a proportion of artifactual readings. Although simultaneous intra-arterial blood pressure recording may not be appropriate for widespread use in device validation, this study illustrated some potential disadvantages of the current validation recommendations, namely, the absence of assessment of device accuracy during unrestricted and ambulatory activity.
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