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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nation Losing War Against Hypertension, CDC Says

Why is that?
The CDC recommends these clinical strategies to win the war against hypertension:

Learn and adhere to clinical practice guidelines on hypertension.

Flag and monitor patients with hypertension and measure the percentage who have their blood pressure under control.
Regularly evaluate a patient's hypertension drugs to determine whether they need to be changed.

Consider once-a-day doses of medication to improve patient adherence.

Promote patient self-monitoring of blood pressure.
Promote healthy lifestyles that include healthy, reduced-sodium diets; exercise; and weight loss among those who are overweight or obese.

Rely on proven clinical strategies such as team-based care and patient-centered medical homes to promote lifestyle changes and medication adherence.
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