Response to American Heart Association’s Statement That “In Children Ambulatory Blood Pressure Is Superior to Home” Not Proven
The writing group appreciates your efforts1 to bring to the forefront the need for more research on the clinical application of home blood pressure monitoring in pediatric patients. We agree that this modality for monitoring blood pressure levels is gaining wider acceptance and may provide additional clinical information for providers who may not have access to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. However, if ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is available, it has the added benefit of providing information on blood pressure variability.
For the current article, the mandate given to the authors was to review the evidence on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and provide a consensus on its use in pediatrics. Unfortunately, this did not allow us time or space to provide a complete review on the separate and distinct topic of home blood pressure monitoring. Furthermore, the references mentioned in your letter to the editor were published outside of the time scope of literature review done for our paper. We, therefore, concur with your call for more research on this promising technique.