HYPERTENSION: Study finds monitoring, adjusting meds works
One third of American adults, an estimated 67 million people, live with high blood pressure -- and half don't have it under control. Now, HealthPartners is pioneering an efficient system to change that.
A new study found that monitoring blood pressure at home and partnering with a pharmacist to adjust medication doses can offer better control over hypertension. In fact, nearly 72 percent of study participants gained control of their blood pressure after six months. The group that continued receiving usual care only saw 45 percent succeed at getting their blood pressure under control.
In the study intervention group, each person received a home blood pressure monitor that was capable of sending readings to a secure website monitored by a pharmacist, and there is some concern over whether doctors and patients will gladly give up some control over care to pharmacists.
FOX 9 News spoke to Dr. Karen Margolis, one of the senior researchers with the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, about the program and how much it could cost patients.