In the study, researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston found that people who monitored their blood pressure at home improved their systolic numbers by 3.9 points and their diastolic by 2.4 points. Of course, anyone with high blood pressure should be under a doctor’s care. Home blood-pressure monitors can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Target. Amazon.com also has a large selection of monitors. You can pay less than $20 for a basic model.
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Eliminating copays helps reduce blood pressure in Kaiser Permanente study
Besides charging no insurance copayment, these brief visits were available at more flexible times, increasing chances that patients would stick with the program. “Patients really liked it because it was shorter, more convenient and more affordable,” Jaffe said. He did not provide information on patients’ costs or overall program costs and said that wasn’t part of the study. High blood pressure affects one in three U.S.
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