Hypertension Treatment, Control For Heart Failure Patients Varies By Race, Gender

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Hypertension treatment and control among patients who have beenhospitalized for heart failure varies significantly by race and gender,according to a report presented on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Fla., HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report reports. Blood pressure control is recommended for patients with heart failure, according to HealthDay/U.S. News & World Report.


For the report, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina,analyzed data of more than 37,000 heart failure patients at 195 U.S.hospitals participating in AHA's Get With the Guidelines -- HeartFailure program. The program promotes the use of the most up-to-datetreatment guidelines. Researchers found that almost two-thirds, or62.3%, of the participants had been diagnosed with hypertension andthat 67.3% of those were treated with three or more hypertensionmedications.

At the time of discharge, 63% of black men and62.9% of black women had blood pressure controlled at an optimal level,compared with 76.3% of white men and 71.1% of white women. The rates ofprescribed medication also varied by race and gender. According to thestudy, the "less-than-optimal blood pressure control levels andgender/racial disparities support continued emphasis on hypertensiontreatment and control among patients with heart failure" (HealthDay/U.S. News &World Report, 11/4).

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