The role of nutrition and a cleaner environment may be more important in managing high blood pressure. Read more.
How much blood pressure increases in cold weather depends on variables including the current temperature, wind chill, how long a person is exposed to colder weather and the person’s health, according to researchers from the University of Florida. Being exposed to a temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit for only five minutes can cause a significant increase in blood pressure. Blood pressure in older people is already higher than those of the younger people, so a drop in temperature is more likely to elevate [an older person’s] blood pressure over the threshold level. Read more.
The new blood pressure guidelines brought nearly 30 million adults into the stage 1 hypertension category. For everyone in this category that has not already suffered a stroke or heart attack (or isn't at a high risk for one), this doesn't mean that medication is needed for treatment, but a lifestyle change is necessary to lower and control blood pressure which includes regular exercise and closely following the DASH diet. Learn more!
We’re running out of young people to care for our elders if we continue to offer only one-to-one, face-to-face care as an option. Remote monitoring is critical to move us from one-to-one models of care delivery to one-to-many. Although CPT code 99091 has existed for years, it was bundled. By simply unbundling this code, CMS opened the door for remote monitoring reimbursement. And, because the code exists, it already has an assigned monetary value, so as of January 2018, providers can start to provide remote patient monitoring services and actually receive reimbursement. The classic example is the code that reimburses doctors for telephone calls with a patient. Insurers don’t pay because Medicare decided that telephone follow up is included in reimbursement for an office visit. Learn More!
“We're recognizing that blood pressures that we in the past thought were normal or so-called pre-hypertensive actually placed the patient at significant risk for heart disease and death and disability,” said Robert M. Carey, co-chairman of the group that produced the new report. “The risk hasn't changed. What's changed is our recognition of the risk.” Read more.
American Telemedicine Association Advocacy Initiatives Result in New Medicare Coverage for Chronic Condition Monitoring
New billing code pays $58 for remote patient monitoring. Carematix offers solution with highest return to providers. Read more!
Blood flow to a tissue rises when it is starved of oxygen. Hypoxia in the skin can cause heart rate and blood pressure to rise. Learn more!
Home blood pressure monitoring can help you keep closer tabs on your blood pressure, show if medication is working, and even alert you and your doctor to potential complications. To maintain a healthy weight, it's recommended to get enough aerobic and physical strengthening each week, while also limiting alcohol intake and getting plenty of sleep. Read more!
This 11 year study included 100,062 patients with hypertension and 100,062 matched individuals without hypertension, and the results found that overall, hypertension increased the risk of "OAG" (a condition where the optic nerve deteriorates and can lead to loss of peripheral vision) by 16%. Read more!
Women who develop hypertension in middle-age are at higher risk for dementia, according to study at Kaiser Permanente and published in Neurology.
Researchers have discovered that gender differences and age play a role in the risk factors of having Dementia for those who are hypertensive. No evidence was found correlating dementia with hypertensive men in their 30's and 40's, but risk of dementia among middle aged women with hypertension increases to around 65%. Learn more!