How to drive down a population's hypertension? Keep it simple

August 21, 2013 5:02 AM

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How to drive down a population's hypertension? Keep it simple

Almost 1 in 3 American adults is believed to have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and such non-life-threatening problems such as erectile dysfunction. In principle, the condition is easy to diagnose, and physicians have a highly effective and growing arsenal of medications available to drive blood pressure down.

But hypertensive patients still go undiagnosed. And even when they are diagnosed, physicians often struggle to get patients to do what they must to control their high blood pressure. The result: Fewer than half of Americans with hypertension have it under control. So rates of disability, death and h...

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