Brief ReportComparability of two commonly used automated office blood pressure devices in the severely obesePadwal, Raj S.; Majumdar, Sumit R.Author Information aDepartment of Medicine, University of Alberta bAlberta Diabetes Institute cMazankowski Heart Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Correspondence to Raj S. Padwal, MD, MSc, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Pharmacology and General Internal Medicine, Hypertension Clinic, University of Alberta, 5-134A Clinical Sciences Building, 11350-83rd Avenue, Edmonton, AL, Canada T6G2G3 Tel: +1 780 492 3686; fax: +1 780 407 7277; e-mail: [email protected] Received February 17, 2016 Received in revised form March 24, 2016 Accepted March 28, 2016 Blood Pressure Monitoring: October 2016 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 313-315 doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000196 Buy Metrics Abstract The accuracy of automated office blood pressure (BP) devices in severely obese individuals is unknown. In an exploratory study, we compared standardized BP measurements using a BpTRU device with those taken using a WatchBP Office monitor. Paired t-tests, Bland–Altman plots, and Pearson’s correlations were used to compare devices. A total of 62 patients were analyzed: their mean age was 39.5±9.3 years and their mean BMI was 45.1±5.7 kg/m2. Fifty-five patients (89%) were women and 21 (34%) had a diagnosis of hypertension. The mean BpTRU values were 117.2±12.7/76.7±9.7 mmHg and the mean WatchBP measurements were 126.6±13.8/79.7±10.9 mmHg [difference of −9.4±11.6 for systolic (P<0.0001) and −3.0±7.7 mmHg for diastolic (P=0.003)]. A Bland–Altman plot for systolic BP showed considerable variability. Only four (6.5%) patients had hypertension (>140/90 mmHg) according to BpTRU versus 15 (24%) according to WatchBP. In conclusion, the mean BP measurements taken using two commonly used automated office devices differed markedly and by a clinically important magnitude. These data indicate the need for formal validation of these devices specifically in severely obese individuals. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.