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More older adults should be checking blood pressure at home

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More older adults should be checking blood pressure at home More older adults should be checking blood pressure at home

More older adults should be checking blood pressure at home






Only 48% of people age 50 to 80 who take blood pressure medications or have a health condition that?s affected by hypertension regularly check their blood pressure at home or other places, a new study finds. A somewhat higher number ? but still only 62% -- say a health care provider encouraged them to perform such checks. Poll respondents whose providers had recommended they check their blood pressure at home were three and a half times more likely to do so than those who didn?t recall getting such a recommendation.The findings underscore the importance of exploring the reasons why at-risk patients aren?t checking their blood pressure, and why providers aren?t recommending they check -- as well as finding ways to prompt more people with these health conditions to check their blood pressure regularly. This could play an important role in helping patients live longer and maintain heart and brain health, the study?s authors say.Past research has shown that regular home monitoring can help with blood pressure control, and that better control can mean reduced risk of death; of cardiovascular events including strokes and heart attacks; and of cognitive impairment and dementia.The findings are published in JAMA Network Open by a team from Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan?s academic medical center. The data come from the National Poll on Healthy Aging and build on a report issued last year.The poll, based at the U-M Institute for Healthca...
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Publication date: 24-09-2022 16:06
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