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Study points out inequalities in prescribing blood pressure meds
Date:2/18/2014

risk of comorbidities with hypertension among minorities, especially African-Americans. Patients with diabetes across all ages were started on relevant treatment 56 percent faster than others.

Johnson calls on guideline-based treatment for all ethnic groups and genders, and for the need to improve hypertension control in young adults. Such interventions should address both bio-behavioral risk factors for hypertension (such as body mass index, exercise and tobacco use) and, when indicated, the initiation of antihypertensive medication.

"Even with regular primary care contact and continued elevated blood pressure, young adults had slower rates of antihypertensive medication initiation than middle-aged and older adults," said Johnson. "In the young adult group, males, patients with mild hypertension, and white patients had a slower rate of medication initiation, while young adults with Medicaid and more clinic visits had faster rates. Lifestyle modification is the cornerstone of hypertension treatment. Young adults need focused blood pressure visits to monitor lifestyle changes and when necessary, intensify treatment."


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