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Telemonitoring cuts cardiovascular events in adults with uncontrolled hypertension


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Journal
Hypertension
Reuters Health - 01/09/2020 - Adults with uncontrolled hypertension may be half as likely to experience cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest when they participate in a home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist monitoring program, a new study suggests. Researchers conducted a cluster randomized trial at 16 primary care clinics, assigning 228 adults with uncontrolled hypertension to receive 12 months of home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist management while a control group of 222 similar patients received usual care for uncontrolled hypertension. Researchers looked at a composite endpoint for cardiovascular events over five years: nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, hospitalized heart failure, coronary revascularization, and cardiovascular death. They also examined costs of care. At the end of the study period, there were 15 cardiovascular events in the telemonitoring intervention group, compared with 2...


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