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Surging Blood Pressure Medicines At Discharge Might Pose Serious Peril

Reportedly, increasing medicines for blood pressure at the time of discharging older patients from the hospital might have greater perils of acute kidney injury, fainting, and falls that overshadow the potential benefits, as per to a study. The research was conducted by scientists from the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) and the affiliated SFVAMC (San Francisco VA Medical Center). Amongst over 4,000 VA patients who were 65 Years old and admitted for non-cardiac conditions, the scientists discovered that being discharged with increased antihypertensives did not decrease the cardiovascular incidents or improve blood pressure control after a year, but it increased the peril for readmission and adverse events in 30 Days.

The research was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Lead Author Timothy Anderson—from the UCSF—said, “The blood pressure management is for about long-term control, but while hospitalization, patients’ blood pressure could be temporarily increased in reaction to stress and illness. Our results suggested that doing changes in medication during this span is not beneficial. Instead, deferring medication alterations to outpatient doctors to consider once patients are healed from their acute illness is expected to be a safer course.”

On a related note, recently, a study showed that intensive blood pressure therapy is not beneficial in nursing home residents. The longer-term nursing home residents having hypertension do not encounter important benefits from more rigorous antihypertensive treatment, as per to a study. The research was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Kenneth S. Boockvar—from the ISMMS (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), New York—along with colleagues analyzed the number of first-line antihypertensive medicines treated for hypertension during the second quarter of 2013. The scientists discovered that at baseline, 54.4% of long-term nursing home residents obtained just one antihypertensive medication, 34.3% obtained two, and 11.4% obtained three or more.

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