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Large VA study finds seasonal differences in blood pressure
Date:11/5/2007

ate or the amount of light.

There is a weight change that is significant, Fletcher said. People gain weight in the winter and lose weight in the summer. People tend to exercise more in the summer and less in the winter.

He emphasized the importance of designing treatment strategies for patients high blood pressure to account for these seasonal variations, perhaps requiring increased anti-hypertensive intervention during the winter months.

VA hospitals in all cities demonstrated improvement from the beginning to the end of the study. Improvement averaged about 4 percent per year in the VA hospital system overall.

The award-winning electronic health record system, containing 1.8 billion vital records, and data on the nearly 1,192,781 patients with more than 19 million blood pressure records, is one important factor in improving the treatment of high blood pressure, Fletcher said. The electronic system feeds back blood pressure information from each patient to his doctor, with reminders when blood pressure needs to be checked, leading to rapid turn-around in blood pressure control.


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