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article imageTelemonitors the new blood pressure controller?

By Amanda Byas     Jul 4, 2013 in Health
Patients who discuss their blood pressure results with a pharmacist make better progress against high blood pressure, according to a Minnesota study. The study is charting a new way of treating the disease.
Of the people using the new way of treating the disease, about 60 percent brought their blood pressure within the healthy range, according to another study being conducted by Bloomington. The study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Patients were using “telemonitors”, which are devices that allows them to administer their own blood pressure six times per a week and also allows them to transmit their results to a local pharmacist. This has allowed patients to keep their blood pressure in the healthy range even after the experiment ended.
Dr. Karen Margolis, an investigator for the HealthPartners Institute, stated, “The point of the telemonitors was to allow patients to work with their pharmacist over the phone instead of having to always make a trip to the doctor’s office. As a result they were allowed to have more freedom in being able to control their disease on their own with little to no help.”
High blood pressure is the leading causes of death currently in the United States and can lead to heart disease and strokes. The disease affects about one in three American adults, and costs up to $50 billion annually in the United States alone.
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