Hypertension: we’re halfway there

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
    • awareness
    • treatment
    • control
  • 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
Read it here.

JAMA. 2010;303(20):2043-2050.

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