Thursday News Tip
Embargo: 3 p.m. MT/ 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 3, 2016, Abstract 392
Check. Change. Control ™ blood pressure reduction program works to lower seniors’ BP
The American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control ™ blood pressure reduction program helped Asian and Hispanic older adults make notable reductions in their blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions.
In this study, researchers studied the program’s effectiveness in a group of 122 Chinese and Hispanic adults older than 62 years of age. Participants learned how to self-monitor and track their blood pressure, using the Heart360 digital tool.
At the study’s start, nearly 47 percent of participants had elevated blood pressure (defined as140/90 mm Hg or higher). At the end of the study four months later, 41 percent had high blood pressure, an improvement of nearly 6 percent.
More than 36 percent of those in the study had a systolic blood pressure drop of more than 10 mm Hg from the start to the end of the four-month study.
The American Heart Association is rolling out its Check. Change. Control ™ program across the United States to help people manage their blood pressures through local health mentors. This research contributes to a better understanding of the patient factors that best predict blood pressure reduction, according to the authors.
Note: Actual presentation time of Abstract 392 is 5 p.m. MT/7 p.m.ET, Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Rohini Patel, University of California, Irvine, San Diego, California.
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