High blood pressure may be going untreated

September 19, 2008 2:32:27 PM PDT
Many doctors may not know proper blood pressure guidelines, according to new research.The study finds too many family doctors don't start treatment of middle-aged men with high blood pressure when they should.

The men in the study were African American, but researchers say the same is probably true for men in general. Doctors were questioned about their procedures.

Traditionally, most of the emphasis has been on patient behaviors such as noncompliance with medication and access to care.

The findings were expected to be presented Friday at the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research annual meeting.


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