Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Self Blood Pressure Monitoring Highlighted in April Science-In-Brief

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death among adults in the United States. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, yet only about half (47%) have it under control. One effective new tool for improving blood pressure control is self blood pressure monitoring (SBPM), defined as regular use of a personal blood pressure measurement device by a patient outside of a clinical setting. 

The April issue of Science-In-Brief, highlights one study that followed patients in New York City, finding that after nine months of self blood pressure monitoring, patients' average blood pressure decreased and more than half (52.5%) of them had achieved blood pressure control. These results suggest that integrating SBPM into routine blood pressure management for patients with uncontrolled hypertension is worthwhile.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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