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Newsletter Issue: 21 — Date: May 2008 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the May edition of the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

Can home monitoring give better blood pressure control? A recent clinical study researched that question. The results were so overwhelming that the researchers concluded, “Our findings imply that it is important that physicians recommend home BP measurement to their patients.”

If your Doctor has asked you to home monitor your blood pressure, according to this research, your Doctor has a better knowledge of the latest blood pressure treatments, studies and recommendations!

Enjoy the latest blood pressure news and clinical review!

Kellie and Steve

Blood Pressure News Roundup

This section contains a selection of news stories relating to blood pressure. Clicking on the links will take you to a page on our website which contains a summary of the story, and links to other sources.

For those people whose blood pressure remains high, even with medication, you may have resistant high blood pressure. If this sounds familiar, you may want to read the new guidelines on how to lower blood pressure that is resistant to normal treatment.

Promising results have been released from a blood pressure vaccine study. This is a new development in blood pressure control, and will be especially useful for those of us who forget to take blood pressure medication occasionally.

If you are taking statins to lower your cholesterol, a new study shows they may be helping your blood pressure too.

I hope you like my selection of blood pressure news!

Kellie

Cholesterol lowering drugs have been shown to reduce high blood pressure
Drugs known as statins which are usually used to lower cholesterol, may also reduce high blood pressure.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/statins-lower.html

How to tackle resistant high blood pressure
New guidelines address how to manage high blood pressure that is resistant to all usual treatment regimes.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/aha-guidelines.html

Low GI diets help prevent heart disease and diabetes
A new study provides evidence that a low GI diet will prevent life style diseases.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/low-gi.html

Fat-free milk reduces blood pressure
Women who drink more fat-free milk lowered their risk of hypertension.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/drink-milk.html

Results of a blood pressure vaccine trial have been promising
Early trials of a blood pressure vaccine have been very positive according to researchers.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/vaccine-study.html

Patients over 80 years can reduce blood pressure levels
Lowering blood pressure in patients over 80 years is effective, according to a new study
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/elderly-patients.html

Contributed by: Kellie

Clinical Study Review: Can home monitoring give better blood pressure control?

Introduction

Can home monitoring of blood pressure give improved blood pressure control? Those who home monitor their blood pressure often tell us, yes it does! However, it’s interesting to know what the results of a clinical study would say.

Study Aim

The researchers were concerned that, “Blood pressure control in hypertensive patients is poor worldwide.” The researchers wanted to determine whether home monitoring could help address the global concern over poor blood pressure control.

The objective was to compare blood pressure control between patients who home monitor and those who don’t.

Study Method

The study, known as the J-HOME study, evaluated the blood pressure control of 2363 hypertensive Japanese patients. The patients were spilt into 2 groups; those taking home blood pressure (BP) measurements and those taking office blood pressure (BP) measurements. All patients were on blood pressure lowering medication.

The home BP measurement patients measured their blood pressure twice a day for 2 weeks. Blood pressure was taken each morning, within 1 hour of waking and before breakfast and taking any medications. The second reading was taken in the evening, just before bedtime. Researchers took the average of all measurements taken in the 2 weeks for the comparison with the office group.

The office BP measurements were taken twice consecutively by a physician or nurse at regular scheduled office visits. Researchers took the average of 4 measurements taken at 2 visits for the comparison with the home group.

All measurements were taken after 2 minutes rest in the sitting position.

Study Results

The average morning and evening BP measurements were significantly lower in the home BP group compared to the office BP group.

The home pressure group was 46% more likely to achieve their blood pressure target of 140/90mmHg in the morning and 36% more likely to achieve target in the evening than the office group.

Researchers also found that home BP measurements also improved the management of hypertension. Patients who took home BP measurements were more likely to be taking alpha blockers and using multiple drugs. They were also more likely to take their medication in the evenings, before bed time to improve early morning blood pressure.

The researchers suggested that physicians who recommend their patients to home monitor may tend to treat hypertension more aggressively and with increased knowledge of the latest treatment studies and recommendations.

Conclusion

The researchers wrote, “In conclusion, we found that home BP measurement was associated with good management of hypertensive patients. Our findings imply that it is important that physicians recommend home BP measurement to their patients.”

Source

The study was published in the January 2008 edition of the Journal of Human Hypertension. A team of researchers, headed by Dr T Ohkubo at the Tohoku University hospital in Japan, led the study titled, “Home blood pressure measurements associated with better blood pressure control: the J-HOME study”, Journal of Human Hypertension (2008) 22, 197-204. http://www.nature.com/jhh/journal/v22/n3/abs/1002320a.html

Kellie

About us

This newsletter is put together by a brother and sister team.

Steven Alan is 39 and is the programmer of the My Blood Pressure software. Steve was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February 2004. Steve needs to monitor his blood pressure regularly, and will probably need to do so for the rest of his life. Steve’s systolic blood pressure was over 200 at one point, but recently he has got his blood pressure under control, and most readings are below 120/80.

Steve is responsible for contributing news about the software as well as tips and tricks for using the software.

Kellie Helen (Steve’s sister) is 37 and a full time mother to a 7 and 5 year old. In her spare time!, she has started working with Steve on the website and newsletter. Kellie grew up in a household which had its fair share of blood pressure problems! Their father has always had high blood pressure, but somehow Steve got all the high blood pressure genes, while in her teens, Kellie used to suffer from her blood pressure being too low. Kellie worked in the medical and surgical industry before becoming a full time mum, and is looking forward to spending more time on this project as her children get older.

Kellie is responsible for scouring the net for news stories of interest to people who monitor their blood pressure, and collecting and organizing stories contributed by subscribers.

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