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Both Overtreatment and Undertreatment of Patients with High Blood Pressure Linked to Kidney Failure and Death
Date:8/4/2014

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"We hope our findings will pave the way for a more effective strategy in treating high blood pressure," said Dr. Sim. "Through personalized treatment plans, we can minimize the lifestyle burden on patients and improve the safety of their treatment regimens, while reducing the cost to both patients and the health care system as a whole."

According to National Institutes of Health, one in three people in the United States has high blood pressure, costing almost $94 billion in health care services, medications and missed days of work. High blood pressure can also lead to an array of complications, including kidney damage, heart disease and stroke. Although current treatment guidelines recommend that adults between 30 and 59 years old with hypertension should aim for a target blood pressure below 140 systolic and 90 diastolic, they do not refer to the dangers of having a patient's blood pressure drop below a certain level. Additional research could lead to more accurate guidelines aimed at safeguarding patient health.

Kaiser Permanente is a national leader in reducing and preventing heart attacks and strokes. Both Kaiser Permanente Colorado (2012) and Kaiser Permanente Northern California (2013) have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Hypertension Control Champions by Million Hearts™. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente Northern California boosted its hypertension control rate from 44 percent to 80 percent over an eight-year period by using many best-performing clinical practices, such as establishing a hypertension registry, improving medication adherence with email and phone reminders, and making
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