SELF MANAGEMENT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
ANCHOR LEAD: ENGAGING PATIENTS IN THEIR OWN BLOOD PRESSURE MANAGEMENT IS A WIN-WIN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People who take their own blood pressure at home, transmit that data to their physician and adjust their own blood pressure medicines manage their high blood pressure better than those who leave it all in the hands of the doctor, a study reported in the Lancet found. Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, reflects on the finding.
MILLER: For my patients who are really motivated, they’ll come to clinic, we’ll have a high blood pressure reading, they’ll know it’s white coat hypertension and I know it too, and I try to make a change and they dread making that change because they tell me Redonda, at home it’s low, all the time. Now, empowering that group of motivated patients, to not only monitor their pressure at home but to take action and change their medications in my opinion is going to result in much greater compliance and adherence to their medication therapy, and much greater attention to all aspects of hypertension control, diet, exercise, it’s really empowering. :34
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.