Home Monitoring Program May Help Those With Hypertension
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Home Monitoring Program May Help Those With Hypertension

August 31, 2019


WELCOME BACK. SOME CALL IT THE SILENT KILLER, HEART ATTACK KILLING HALF OF ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW MORE ON NEW RESEARCH THAT COULD CHANGE THAT Reporter: 72-YEAR-OLD STRUGGLED FOR THREE DECADES TO LOWER HIS BLOOD PRESSURE. I HAVE BEEN ON DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. Reporter: NOW RESEARCHERS DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO DO IT AT HOME. Reporter: PATIENTS WORE THIS CUFF WITH BLUETOOTH CAPABILITY TO MEASURE THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE TWICE A DAY, SENT TO A HEALTH RECORD AND A TRAINED NAVIGATOR ADJUSTED THE MEDICATION EVERY TWO WEEKS UNTIL THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE WAS UNDER CONTROL. WE WANT TO FIND THE RIGHT REGIMEN FOR THEM THAT IS REALISTIC, THAT THEY WILL STICK TO AND HELP THEM MAINTAIN THE HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE. Reporter: THE HOME PROGRAM HELPED ABOUT 80% OF PATIENTS GET THEIR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN CHECK THIS JUST SEVEN WEEKS. THE BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELED QUICKLY IN MOST OF THE PATIENTS Reporter: BUT THIS CASE WAS MORE DIFFICULT. AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF MONITORING AND TWEAKS TO HIS MEDICATION HIS BLOOD PRESSURE WENT DOWN TO NORMAL LEVELS. IF THEY WERE NOT MONITORING ME ON A DAILY BASIS GOD KNOWS WHERE I WOULD BE RIGHT NOW WITH THE MEDICATIONS. Reporter: HE STILL TAKES HIS BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME FROM

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