HealthDay News — Having no partner is associated with a lower frequency of home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions, held from Sept. 14 to 17 in San Francisco.

Joel C. Marrs, PharmD, and Sarah L. Anderson, PharmD, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, used cross-sectional data from 6113 noninstitutionalized US adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2013 to 2014 to examine the prevalence of HBPM.

The researchers found that in the 2013 to 2014 NHANES survey, 25.5% of the adults engaged in HBPM, an increase from the 2009 to 2010 NHANES analysis which reported a 21.7% rate. 

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After adjustment, those who were aware of, treated for, and had known hypertension were more likely than reference to have higher HBPM frequency (odds ratios, 1.98, 2.13, and 1.64, respectively). Compared with reference, those with less than a high school diploma and with no partner were less likely to perform HBPM (odds ratios, 0.73 and 0.65, respectively).

“The frequency of HBPM increased with higher age, higher education level, having a partner, hypertensive, hypertensive aware, and hypertensive treated,” the authors write.

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Adults without partners monitor their blood pressure less frequently [press release]. Dallas, Texas: American Heart Association. Published online September 16, 2017. Accessed September 19, 2017.