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New Canadian blood pressure education program a powerful tool in fight to reduce stroke
Date:5/25/2011

p>Even modest reductions in blood pressure can dramatically decrease the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

  • A reduction of 5 mm Hg in systolic in blood pressure translates into:
  • A 14% drop in stroke mortality
  • A 9% drop in coronary heart disease and
  • A 7% reduction in overall mortality
  • It has been shown that effective blood pressure control can reduce the incidence of stroke by up to 40%!

"This study is showing us that in hypertension, a simple inexpensive education intervention can lead to the sustained achievement of blood pressure control for at least three years," Dr. Tobe says.

Dr. Mel Cescon of the New Vision Family Health Team in Kitchener says, "Our team was able to transfer and adapt this protocol to the diagnosis and early treatment of other chronic conditions such as diabetes."

The Canadian program will assist family physicians and healthcare providers in achieving those elusive, sustained, reductions in hypertension. Supported in large part by the Ontario government, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario collaborated with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario and the Ontario Pharmacists' Association to create the program.

FINANCIAL BENEFITS

In 2005, cardiovascular disease cost Canada more than $21 billion a year in healthcare and lost productivity. That number is expected to climb to more than $28 billion by 2020.

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research has reported that Americans spent $29 billion for prescription cardiovascular drugs alone in 2008.

"Getting hypertension under control is one way of greatly reducing the hemorrhage of taxpayers' money," said Dr. Tobe. "For patients in the Canadian and American healthcare systems, for care-givers and administrators alike, the implementation of the Heart&Stroke Hypertension Management Program will prove beneficial financially and in
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Contact: Diane Hargrave
dhprbks@interlog.com
416-467-9954 x104
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Source:Eurekalert

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