Out-of-office blood pressure readings are critical to overcoming clinical inertia and white-coat hypertension. Here is how a South Florida practice got their patients involved.
Racial health disparities are rampant in hypertension
Uncontrolled high BP—which the AMA's LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, calls a “silent killer in terms of symptoms"—affects African-Americans at a much higher rate than the U.S. population overall. With black patients, physicians should especially focus on medication adherence, patient education and lifestyle change, Dr. Hasbrouck and other heart-care experts said.