Stanford Medicine Newsletter Updates For the Local Community

Blood pressure still sneaks past many doctors

Summer 2008

Despite the well-known dangers of high blood pressure, major shortfalls still exist in the screening, treatment and control of the disease, even when patients are getting a doctor’s care, according to a School of Medicine study.

In a unique look at how high blood pressure, or hypertension, is being addressed once a patient steps into a doctor’s office, the study reported a lack of routine screening and a low percentage of patients who achieve recommended blood pressure goals after diagnosis.

“Doctors should be screening more routinely during all office visits,” said co-author Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. “Dual medication treatment should be seen as standard therapy, and intensive lifestyle changes should be encouraged.”

Often referred to as “the silent killer,” high blood pressure affects more than 65 million people in the United States and is one of the most important and preventable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, strokes and kidney disease.

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