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J Hypertens. 2019 Oct 30. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002289. [Epub ahead of print]

STRIDE BP: an international initiative for accurate blood pressure measurement.

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1
Hypertension Center STRIDE-7, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Third Department of Medicine, Sotiria Hospital, Athens, Greece.
2
The Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland.
3
University of Toronto, Schulich Heart Program. Division of Cardiology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada.
4
Department of Medicine, University of Padova, Padova.
5
Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS, Cardiology Unit and Department of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences, S.Luca Hospital, Milan, Italy.

Abstract

: The diagnosis and management of hypertension is dependent upon accurate blood pressure (BP) measurement. Despite intense efforts over several decades by the international medical community worldwide, the use of inaccurate devices has resulted in the misdiagnosis and poor management of hypertension, which remains a largely unresolved public health problem. STRIDE BP (www.stridebp.org) is an international nonprofit organization the mission of which is to improve the accuracy of BP measurement and the diagnosis of hypertension. STRIDE BP comprises a group of 24 recognized experts in BP monitoring from across the world and operates in affiliation with the European Society of Hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension, and the World Hypertension League. In the first stage, STRIDE BP has reviewed 419 validations of 260 devices and approved 69% of them, providing recommendations on accurate devices for office, ambulatory and home BP measurement in adults, children and during pregnancy. At the next stage, STRIDE BP intends to develop programs for on-line training and tools for use in clinical practice leading to improved measurement of BP and better diagnosis of hypertension world-wide.

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