June 8, 2018
Songs about news
BehindTheMedspeak: The best way to monitor your blood pressure is to do it yourself
Wrote Nicholas Bakalar in the New York Times :
The most effective way to monitor blood pressure may be to do it yourself.
British researchers randomly assigned 1,003 patients with hypertension to one of three groups.
The first took their own readings daily for one week every month over the course of a year and mailed them to a doctor.
A second used a phone app, sending their readings to the doctor through a web-based system.
A control group was assigned to "usual care," in which patients had their blood pressure checked at their doctor’s office. The data gathered was used to adjust medication.
The average systolic reading (the top number) for all patients was about 153 at the start.
By the end of 12 months, members of the control group had lowered their average to 140.
But the telemonitoring group and the self-monitoring group had lowered theirs to 136 and 137, respectively.
The authors estimate these lower numbers would lower stroke risk by 20% and coronary artery disease risk by 10%.
The study was published in Lancet.
"People who monitor their own blood pressure and share the readings with their physician get better control," said the lead author, Dr. Richard J. McManus, a professor of primary care at the University of Oxford. "Seventy-five million Americans have hypertension. If a good proportion of those self-monitored, it would lead to a big reduction in stroke."
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They call them "File Bands" 'cause they're big enough (7" long) to easily secure file folders.
I like them because they're easy to use for anything requiring a rubber band,
besides which they're nice and cheerful.
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