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Latest technology assisting blood pressure treatments

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New research shows treatment options for people with high blood pressure have been improved by the introduction of automated, digital measuring machines.

Menzies Institute Research Fellow, Dr Tania Winzenberg, says the study looked at whether there was any significant difference in health outcomes between the old mercury-based manual monitors and the new machines.

She says the findings are significant, because on average, one Australian every 10 minutes dies from cardiovascular disease.

"The automated measurement devices meant the GPs were recording slightly higher readings of blood pressure," she said.

"We also found that because the devices were easier to use, that GPs were a little more likely to take blood pressure readings and also more likely to change their prescribing of medications for high blood pressure to their patients." © 2007 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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