Twice a Year


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Seeing a health care provider twice a year can do a lot to help people with high blood pressure, or hypertension, keep it under control. At the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, researcher Brent Egan found this in data on 37,000 people from 1999 to 2012.

“Those individuals seen more often were more likely to be aware of their hypertension, more likely to be treated, and when they were treated, they were more likely to be controlled.”

Egan studied data on doctor’s office visits but he expects similar benefits if people with high blood pressure see other clinicians who are nurses or pharmacists who can help them stay on top of their condition.

The study in the journal Circulation was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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