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Blood pressure control disrupted during the pandemic

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Dr Alanna Chamberlain, Mayo Clinic, USA

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Conference
AHA 2021
Blood pressure (BP) control was reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic and has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. A large-scale observational study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, followed over 1.7 million patients with hypertension in pre-pandemic and pandemic years. Future studies are needed to investigate whether this disruption in BP control will lead to an increase in cardiovascular events. Epidemiologist Dr Alanna Chamberlain (Mayo Clinic, MN, USA) and colleagues assessed the changes in BP control between pre-pandemic and pandemic periods [1]. Included in the analysis were 24 US health systems (18 academic). The extracted data was standardised to the PCORnet common data model. The study compared 3 qualitative measures of BP control and improvement, and 6 process metrics relevant to clinical management and treatment practice for BP control between 2019 (pre-pandemic year) and 2020 (pandemic year). In 2019, 1.77 million patients with hypertension...


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