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Argentinian cardiologist Rafael Diaz is alarmed.
He says nearly 50% of us have blood pressure (BP) readings over 140/90 mmHg (hypertension).
40% with hypertension don’t know it.
And only 15% who know they have it, treat it.
He writes, “Hypertension was responsible for 9,500,000 deaths (15% of all worldwide deaths) in 2012 and hypertension is highly responsible for strokes and myocardial infarctions.”
Next week Rafael will present a program to 250 thought leaders in Rosario, Argentina (Population: 1.2 million).
The program outline:
• Read blood pressure in public places and invite those with high BP to the program.
• Have a control group watched by nurses and medical students, overseen by doctors.
• Use validated automatic BP devices that upload data, to minimize human error.
• Use generic drugs with a validated algorithm to maximize patient control and adherence.
• Use smartphones, apps, or text messages to interact frequently with patients.
Do you believe the program can work?
If the Rosario city pilot is successful, might your city be interested in a future trial?
And which devices (BP readers, apps, and wearables for the follow-up) should Rafael consider for the program?
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I take medication to control BP with Generics since my Ins doesn’t like to pay for name brands.
I also feel sure my life style doesn’t help a bit.
One of my heroes didn’t believe in exercise and loved beer., Good ol’ Ben Franklin.
Ben probably died of a heart attack.
Rafael’s first concern is how few with hypertension know they have it. Valencia’s solution seems to come in much later in the process.
I met Rafael at Daniel Kraft’s Exponential Medicine (from Singularity University) last week. Once again, the event was superlative. See [http://medgroup.biz/exponential|leo://plh/http%3A*3*3medgroup%2Ebiz*3exponential/t83m?_t=tracking_disc] and plan to attend in 2015.
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