Adopt A Pet Research shows that pet owners have lower blood pressure (also: lower cholesterol and heart disease risk), thanks to the anxiety-reducing qualities of an animal companion. Work On Your Marriage In one 2008 study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, researchers found that happily married adults had better blood pressure than happily single and unhappily married adults. Get Moving This one’s a no-brainer, but exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. There are many ways that the simple act of moderate exercise can improve your blood pressure (and overall health). First, it helps with other risk factors for hypertension, like extra weight and stress. But exercise also improves the strength of your heart so that it can more effectively and efficiently pump blood, which lowers the pressure on the arteries.
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Kaiser’s Blood Pressure Study Wins in the War Against High Blood Pressure
A corrected version of the story is below: No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure Big blood pressure improvements seen with no copays, easier-to-use pills, researchers report By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide. Those efforts were part of a big health care provider’s eight-year program, involving more than 300,000 patients with high blood pressure. At the beginning, less than half had brought their blood pressure under control. That increased to a remarkable 80 percent, well above the national average, the researchers said. The research involved Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a network of 21 hospitals and 73 doctors’ offices, which makes coordinating treatment easier than in independent physicians’ offices.
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Correction: Blood Pressure Story
Some of the most influential aspects of the study was the use of a comprehensive registry of patients already having hypertension, with medical assistants visiting them for blood pressure measurement and utilizing single pills to deliver multiple drugs to them on a daily basis. “I think the most important part is all of the parts,” Jaffe said. “It’s the team, and let’s include the patient in that team as well. What we learned at Kaiser Permanente is that in order to really get very high rates of high blood pressure control you have to pay attention to it all of the time,” Jaffe said. “The patient and the doctor and the whole care system have to be persistent and methodical.” “Patients really liked it because it was shorter, more convenient and more affordable,” Jaffe said. Since high blood pressure affects over 67 million people, thats one in three adults, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heart attacks induced by high blood pressure contributed or caused 348,000 deaths in the year 2009 alone. Over the studys time span two years and progresses have been labeled as significant towards the studys overall progress: such as in 2005, they began using one pill with two drugs (lisinopril and diuretic) which proved to be cost effective as well as easier to take for consumers. The second positive was in 2007, the program began offering free follow-up visits for patients with medical assistants rather than doctors, to check blood pressure readings.
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