Pharmacist care improves blood pressure stroke patients

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Stroke patients managed by pharmacists can significantly improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a recent clinical trial.

For the trial, researchers looked at 279 adult stroke victims to determine if a pharmacist or a nurse (control group) case manager could improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. About 60 percent of the participants were age 65 or older and 58 percent were men.

The results showed stroke patients managed by a pharmacist had a 12.5 percent improvement in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, compared with the control group. However, both groups had improvements.

“We believe that both approaches hold great promise, not only for patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack but also for all patients with, or at high risk of, vascular disease, and our study provides much-needed information on their comparative effectiveness,” the authors were quoted as saying.

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