Independent associations with COVID-19 were seen for age, living in a residential care home, history of stroke and medications for diabetes, hypertension and obstructive airway diseases.
For each additional metabolic syndrome criterion, the risk for ARDS increases in an additive manner.
Additionally, racial differences in visit attendance account for a smaller portion of differences in BP control.
Overall, 15% of U.S. adults report using medications that may raise blood pressure, including 18.5% of adults with hypertension.
Mean changes each month during the pandemic ranged from 1.10 to 2.50 mm Hg for systolic BP, 0.14 to 0.53 mm Hg for diastolic BP.
Rates of BP control were lower for current smokers; 45.5% of men had blood pressure >180 and/or >100 mm Hg.
For patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease and poorly controlled hypertension, the addition of low dose of chlorthalidone improves blood pressure control.
Interventions for effective medication adherence include patient education and counseling, as well as simplification of treatment regimens.
Greater engagement with self-management program was linked to lower systolic BP over time and lower risk for very high BP.
Poll shows health care providers should encourage regular monitoring for older adults with hypertension or other chronic conditions requiring blood pressure control
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