Researcher Dr Jim Sharman said the study aimed to determine the effectiveness of measuring central blood pressure to help guide treatment decisions in the management of patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), which affects nearly 30 percent of the Australian population.
“The new technology to be trialled involves the measurement of central blood pressure by recording the pulse at the wrist,” Dr Sharman said.
“This is a quick and non invasive test and the information gained is expected to improve the care of people receiving medication for high blood pressure.”
Dr Sharman said the traditional measures of blood pressure by using a cuff around the upper arm, did not provide a complete understanding of the true pressures that may be experienced by the heart and other vital organs.
He said this deficit may have major implications for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of people with hypertension.
“We are very excited about this study as it may provide the framework for a better way to treat hypertension,” Dr Sharman said.
“It has been designed to ensure that all people enrolled receive optimal care.
“We also give each person advice on the best way to work with their own doctor to ensure continued benefit after the trial has finished.
“We feel that this study truly represents a win-win situation for the patient and their doctor.”
The researchers are looking for men and women aged between 18 and 75 years, who have been diagnosed with hypertension and are taking at least one, but no more than three, medications for hypertension are invited to participate.
The study is over 12 months and participants will be asked to visit the Princess Alexandra Hospital every three months.
Each participant will receive a comprehensive scan of the structure and function of their heart.
Blood pressure will be monitored by doctors who specialise in hypertension and participants and their doctors will receive all clinical information.
For more information contact Deborah Gilroy on 3240 6614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Media: Dr Jim Sharman (03 62264709 or James.Sharman@utas.edu.au).