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.

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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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