Blood Pressure

A major healthcare provider tries something new to fight high blood pressure... and it appears to have worked according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

FOX News Radio's Lisa Brady reports:

During an eight-year program, the number of patients bringing high blood pressure under control, soared from 44% to 80%.

Researchers for Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, credit two key parts of the new approach: And easier to take medication... one pill instead of two separate drugs. And, follow-up visits with medical assistants instead of doctors... easier to schedule and no co-pay.

High blood pressure can fuel numerous other health problems. And around the same time as this program's success, the number of heart attacks and strokes also fell, though they can't confirm a link.

Lisa Brady, FOX News Radio.