Abstract 284: A Pilot Study Comparing Two Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors Worn at the Same Time
Introduction Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) has been proposed as the most effective way to characterize a person’s BP profile. However, there are very limited data in the literature comparing two simultaneously worn ABPM devices. Therefore, we compared an eight hour daytime simultaneous ABPM using two monitors (Mobil-O-Graph [I.E.M., Stolberg, Germany] and Spacelabs 90207 [Spacelabs Medical, Issequah, WA]).
Methods Simultaneous BP and heart rate data were measured on 13 adult volunteers at the University of Pennsylvania using the two monitors over an 8 hour period. Other demographic data were also collected. Standard seated BPs were obtained in triplicate at the beginning and end of the 8 hour monitoring period using an Accutor (Datascope, Mahwah, NJ) device. Three blood pressures were obtained at 1 minute intervals, recorded and averaged for each arm using the Accutor device.
Results The data show high concordance of measured mean arterial pressures (Mobil-O-Graph 101.4 [SEM-2.0] mmHg, Spacelabs 100.6 [SEM-2.4] mmHg) and heart rates (Mobil-O-Graph measuring 82.4 [ SEM- 4.1] beats/minute, Spacelabs 81.7 [4.0] beats/minute) between the monitors. Spacelabs measured a 10 mmHg higher systolic pressure (p=0.0016) and a non-statistically significant, but numerically higher (2.8 mmHg) diastolic pressure (Figure 1).
Conclusion The systolic BP difference between the two devices has public health importance. These differences if confirmed in larger cohorts, ABPM manufacturers should consider developing a normative database to help practitioners interpret ABPM data obtained with their device.
- © 2012 by American Heart Association, Inc.