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A new study reveals that only 48% of people aged 50 to 80 who take blood pressure medication or whose health is affected by high blood pressure regularly check their blood pressure at home or elsewhere.

A slightly higher number – but still only 62% – say a healthcare provider encouraged them to have these checks. Respondents whose providers had recommended that they check their blood pressure at home were three and a half times more likely to do so than those who did not recall receiving such a recommendation.

The findings underscore the importance of exploring why at-risk patients don’t check their blood pressure, and why healthcare providers don’t recommend they do so – as well as finding ways to get more people suffering from these health problems to check their blood pressure regularly. According to the study authors, this could play an important role in helping patients live longer and maintain heart and brain health.

Previous research has shown that regular home monitoring can help control blood pressure, and that better control can translate into a reduced risk of death, cardiovascular events, including strokes and strokes. heart attacks, and cognitive impairment and dementia.

The findings are published in JAMA Network Open by a team from Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center at the University of Michigan. The data comes from the National Poll on Healthy Aging and is based on a report published last year.

The survey, based at the UM Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and supported by Michigan Medicine and AARP, asked adults between the ages of 50 and 80 about their chronic health conditions, monitoring their blood pressure outside clinics and their interactions with health care providers regarding blood pressure. Study authors Mellanie V. Springer, MD, MS, of the Department of Neurology at Michigan Medicine, and Deborah Levine, MD, MPH, of the Department of Internal Medicine, worked with the NPHA team to develop the survey questions and analyze the results.

The data in this new article comes from the 1,247 respondents who said they took medication to control their blood pressure or had a chronic condition requiring blood pressure control, namely a history of stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or hypertension.

Of these, 55% said they own a blood pressure monitor, although some said they never use it. Among those who use it, the frequency with which they check their blood pressure varies widely – and only half of them say they share their measurements with a medical professional. But people who own a blood pressure monitor are ten times more likely to check their blood pressure outside of healthcare facilities than those who don’t.

The authors note that blood pressure monitoring is associated with lower blood pressure and is cost-effective. They say the findings suggest that protocols should be developed to educate patients about the importance of self-monitoring blood pressure and sharing readings with clinicians.

Source :

Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan

Journal reference:

10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.31772