Misdiagnosis

Penn Doctor Says Be Wary Of Checking Blood Pressure With Personal MedTech

August 28, 2019 by James McHugh, Jr.
causes of high blood pressure

Both genetics and self-care decisions can affect one’s blood pressure. When a person’s blood pressure is too high and they are unaware, it can often become “the silent killer.” This is why more and more people are using their wearable devices such as smart watches or fitness tracking devices to monitor and check their blood pressure. While doctors are thrilled to see so many people taking an increased interest in monitoring their pressure, at least one Pennsylvania doctor says to be careful which devices you trust.

Currently, the only automated devices validated for measuring blood pressure outside of a healthcare setting require the use of cuffs on the upper arm or, in a few cases, the wrist. “Validated” means a device has been tested in an independent, peer-reviewed study of at least 85 people, and its measurements are similar to those taken with the high-quality, manually operated pressure monitors generally used in a hospital or doctor’s office. So while checking your pressure is a great idea, don’t rely on MedTech devices unapproved for this use.

Currently, national and international efforts are being undertaken to compile lists of validated blood-pressure monitors for use in the home. Such devices are sorely needed because measurements taken in the doctor’s office, while generally accurate, do not tell the whole story. Patients need to be able to accurately monitor their blood pressure readings throughout the day, in various positions, and before or after engaging in certain activities.

Failure to Diagnose High Blood Pressure

Untreated hypertension can damage blood vessels and major organs, such as the heart, kidneys, brain, and lungs. It is crucial to detect high blood pressure as soon as possible and to treat it in a timely fashion. While many patients with long term hypertension are at risk of suffering cardiovascular problems, when blood pressure is elevated to an extreme level, it can pose an immediate threat to survival for even the healthiest of patients.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you are the victim of a doctor’s failure to provide a prompt diagnosis or treatment of your hypertension, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of your medical treatment, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and opportunities, pain and suffering, and long-term therapy or assistive care. For more information on failure to diagnose high blood pressure claims, contact us today.

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