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High Blood Pressure Home Monitoring Research

September 11, 2019


THE SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG-IL IN AND DIG INTO THE DISPUTE OVER THE PRESIDENT’S BORDER WALL. YOU CAN WATCH FACE THE NATION TODAY AT 9:30 RIGHT HERE ON CBS2. AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR A HEART ATTACK AND A STROKE. AFFECTING NEARLY HALF OF ALL ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES. NEW RESEARCH FINDS A HOME MONITORING PROGRAM MAY HELP SOME PATIENTS GET THE PROGRAM UNDER CONTROL. THIS 72-YEAR-OLD STRUGGLED FOR ABOUT THREE DECADES TO LOWER HIS BLOOD PRESSURE. NOW RESEARCHERS AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL HAVE DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE MANAGE BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME. THEY USED BLUETOOTH CAPABILITY TO MEASURE BLOOD PRESSURE TWICE A DAY. THE INFORMATION WAS SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PATIENT’S ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AND A TRAINED PATIENT NAVIGATOR ADJUSTED THE PATIENT’S MEDICATION EVERY TWO WEEKS UNTIL THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE WAS UNDER CONTROL. RESEARCHERS FOUND THE PROGRAM HELPED ABOUT 80% OF PATIENTS GET HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN CHECK IN JUST SEVEN WEEKS. THIS IS WHERE HE STARTED WHEN HE WAS ENROLLED. 155 OVER 88. AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF MONITORING AND TWEAKS TO MEDICATION, THE BLOOD PRESSURE WENT DOWN TO NORMAL LEVELS. IF THEY WERE NOT MONITORING ME ON A DAILY BASIS, GOD KNOWS WHERE I WOULD BE. HE STILL TAKES HIS BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME FROM TIME TO TIME SO THAT HE STAYS ON TRACK.

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