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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jeremy Sussman, MD, MS
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Michigan
Staff Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research
Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Sussman: We could prevent up to 180,000 more heart attacks and strokes in America every year using less medication overall.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Sussman: The amount of benefit was surprising to us. They will likely be unexpected to many clinicians, because we’re recommending a change in how we use blood pressure-lowering medications, which we all use every day.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Sussman: A patient’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke is more useful in deciding to use blood pressure medications than their blood pressure alone. This is because high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke, but only one of many.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Sussman: Helping clinicians and patients follow these concepts would be a substantial change to clinical care. Future research should help understand how we can help people understand how to make their preventive choices more effective.
Last Updated on March 19, 2014 by Marie Benz MD FAAD