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Doctors fail those with hypertension

Doctors in the USA fail to routinely check their patients blood pressure, according to a new study published in the May issue of Hypertension.

The study also showed a low percentage of hypertension patients meet their blood pressure targets after being diagnosed.

The blood pressure screening study

Researchers at the Stanford University found the following;

  • Blood pressure was taken in only 56% of all patient visits,
  • Blood pressure was taken in 93% of visits by patients diagnosed with hypertension.
  • Only 39% of patients being treated for hypertension were at the recommended blood pressure levels.
  • Only 20% of hypertensive patients who also had diabetes or kidney disease had their blood pressure controlled.

Researchers conclusions

Study co-author Dr Stafford, from the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said, “Doctors should be screening more routinely during all office visits.” In addition, Dual medication treatment should be seen as standard therapy, and intensive lifestyle changes should be encouraged.”

Dr Stafford also said, “Physicians may need to tell patients that it’s likely to take two or more medications to get blood pressure under control.”

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