Educational program lowers BP, reduces cardiac risk in hypertensive patients

Posted by: admin on: November 24, 2011

Educating patients make a great difference in management of the disease. Hypertension is one such condition. The patients can be saved from dreadful outcome of the disease if they are educated in the management of the disease.


A structured educational program could improve management of blood pressure (BP) and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Broad implementation of such a program in the management of hypertension at the primary care level is justified.

The program was led by general practitioners, hypertension nurses, and outpatient staff from local hospitals and consisted of four modules. The first module informed patients about the causes, prevalence, and consequences of hypertension and showed them how to measure their BP at home.

The second module showed patients how to choose food products low in fat and salt. The third module highlighted the importance of physical activity. In the final module a physician discussed the basics of antihypertensive therapy and hypertensive emergencies.

The findings revealed that mean systolic BP significantly declined. Diastolic BP also decreased. The mean weight of the patients declined after 1 year, and also there was a significant reduction in BMI.



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