Hypertension is the major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, one that remains under a great deal of investigation and one that can be treated in a multitude of ways. This study from Egan et al in JAMA, with data spanning 20 years from over 42,000 patients from NHANES, showed that 50.1% of patients with hypertension had control, up from 27.3% in the late 80s and early 90s.
A few highlights from the study:
- there are three goals to control hypertension
- medications, not lifestyle, seem to be the primary reason for improved control
- awareness and treatment is higher in women, but control of hypertension is higher in men