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VIDEO: Team approach boosts effective blood pressure control



– Using a multidisciplinary team of clinicians “could be one of the most effective measures we have to improve blood pressure control,” Tracy Y. Wang, MD, said in a video interview during the American Heart Association scientific sessions.

Speaking a day after the release of revised guidelines for the prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults (J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Nov 13;doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.11.006), Dr. Wang particularly highlighted the strong recommendation the guidelines made for a team-based approach for managing hypertension.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic that team management is embedded firmly in the new guidelines,” commented Dr. Wang, a cardiologist at Duke University in Durham, N.C. who has studied methods to optimize evidence-based treatment of cardiovascular diseases. “Endorsement of a team approach for blood pressure control was long overdue,” she said.

Dr. Wang discussed some approaches she believes would help better integrate team-based care into the routine management of patients with hypertension.

Dr. Wang has received honoraria from AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, and Premier, and she has received research funding from several companies.

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