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URMC clinical trial tests new regimen for hypertension
Date:4/26/2012

Such an outcome would be a huge step forward for the millions of Americans with mild hypertension who are limited in the amount or number of medications that they can take because of adverse side effects. It may also appeal to the growing number of Americans who are skeptical of or want to avoid standard pharmaceuticals, a culture change that Bisognano and other physicians have witnessed in their practices over the past few years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a third of the nation's adults struggle with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and represents a significant economic burden to society, with $54 billion spent on the condition in 2001 alone.

People with mild hypertension who pass a medical exam may be eligible for the study. Once enrolled, individuals will receive different daily amounts of the study drug for at least three and up to eight weeks. In addition to brief weekly visits, participants will be asked to: monitor their blood pressure every morning and evening; record their results and any side effects in a blood pressure diary; and fill out weekly questionnaires regarding how they feel and any noteworthy events or changes that took place.

Individuals who complete study weeks one through three will be paid $100, and those who go on to complete weeks four through eight will be paid another $100. All travel expenses for appointments will also be reimbursed.


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Contact: Emily Boynton
emily_boynton@urmc.rochester.edu
585-273-1757
University of Rochester Medical Center
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