Monday, June 30, 2008

Managing hypertension at home improves results

From the Chicago Daily Herald:
Patients with high blood pressure controlled the condition better using in-home testing and Internet consultations with a pharmacist than by working with their doctors alone, researchers found.

Almost twice as many patients who relied on testing and the pharmacist to help guide their therapy, in addition to their usual care managed their blood pressure compared with those who only worked with their doctors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

About one in three U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and less than half have the condition under control, according to the researchers. Doctors are searching for new ways for patients to control their hypertension, which can lead to stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and kidney disease if untreated. ...more

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