Elevated blood pressure in men accompanying patients to the obstetrician's office

Daniel R. Martin, Shridar Ventrapragada, Terry Behrend, Anitha Vijayan, Steven B. Miller

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Hypertension is common and leads to increased mortality among adults; yet, one-third of hypertensive adults in the United States are unaware of their condition. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of unrecognized elevated blood pressure (BP) in men accompanying pregnant women to the obstetrician's office. Blood pressure measurements were offered to men accompanying pregnant women to four obstetrics practices in St. Louis, Missouri. Age, race, history of hypertension, and relationship to the pregnant woman were also recorded. A total of 191 men participated in the study. Participants' ages ranged from 15 to 69 years, with a mean of 27 years. Elevated BP (> 140/ 90 mm Hg) was detected in 40 men (21%). Only 5% of men with an elevated BP were aware of a prior history of elevated BP. We conclude that the obstetrician's office provides a good opportunity for initial screening for hypertension in men. Follow-up is necessary to determine the accuracy of the diagnosis. (C) 2000 American Journal of Hypertension, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1044
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2000


  • Blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Men
  • Screening


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