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High Blood Pressure: Often Recognized, But Still Poorly Controlled

 
 
Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 09:58 am
High Blood Pressure: Often Recognized, But Still Poorly Controlled
by Scott Hensley - NPR
September 4, 2012

Knowing your blood pressure is just the beginning.

After decades of encouragement, Americans are getting their blood pressure checked more often.

And there's a little more good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days.

But, and you knew there had to be a but, more than half of all Americans with hypertension — about 36 million people, all told — still haven't got it under control.

And the large number of people whose blood pressure remains at 140/90, the starting point for hypertension, or above spells trouble.

High blood pressure quadruples the risk of a death from stroke and triples it for heart disease. So the CDC is pushing for more action.

Previously, public health officials and groups in the private sector unveiled Million Hearts, a campaign to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. One plank of that plan is to improve the proportion of people with controlled blood pressure to 65 percent from 46 percent.

So what will it take to achieve a goal like that? The CDC has some ideas.

Among them:

Take the blood pressure medicines you've been prescribed.
Lose weight and stop smoking.
Measure and keep track of your blood pressure between doctor visits.

Doctors can help by prescribing 90-day supplies of drugs and choosing drugs with lower copays.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:36 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
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Knowing your blood pressure is just the beginning.
Wow Bee, yea, as a hypertensive following the news, that’s the understatement of the century. And now they’re telling us that if you’re an old guy (like me, 81) that hypertension is good for you and lets you live longer

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.......... 140/90, the starting point for hypertension, or above spells trouble.
Latest target (for the younger folk anyhow) is 120/60

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.......Knowing your blood pressure is just the beginning.....Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days.....more than half of all Americans with hypertension ...... still haven't got it under control.
Some 80 percent of us oldsters however don’t follow the prescribed routine—we simply lack the braincells. Therefore the Establishment should make it easier for us to get the prescribed dosage on sked

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.........One plank of that plan is to improve the proportion of people with controlled blood pressure to 65 percent from 46 percent. So what will it take to achieve a goal like that? The CDC has some ideas.

Take the blood pressure medicines you've been prescribed.
Re oldsters see my comment above

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Lose weight and stop smoking
Good luck there fellas

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Measure and keep track of your blood pressure between doctor visits.
Modern inexpensive instruments make this feasible

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Doctors can help by prescribing 90-day supplies of drugs
Or 180 days or even 360 days. It’s an awful nuisance to be continually running out

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and choosing drugs with lower copays.o what will it take to achieve a goal like that?
A whole new Establishment. Neva hachi

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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:49 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
When I was in the hospital emergency for 3 days last week, the medication they gave me 190 highs for two days. As soon I was back home, I got down to my normal 130 and minus again. It sure was a scare during that 190 highs days.

BBB



dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2012 10:58 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
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It sure was a scare during that 190 highs days.
Yea Bee I rail against meds given to threat the side effects of other meds which themselves have side effects requiring the application of still other meds ad infinitum
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