Hypertension control after an initial cardiac event among Medicare patients with diabetes

In this study co-authored by Drs. Heather Johnson and Maureen Smith, investigators used EHR and Chronic Conditions Warehouse Medicare data to determine rates & predictors of achieving hypertension control among patients with diabetes and hypertension after they were discharged from the hospital for an initial cardiac event. They found that Medicare patients with diabetes were more likely to achieve hypertension control when prescribed beta-blockers at discharge, or if they had a history of more specialty visits., and adults who were 80 years or older were more likely to achieve control with diuretics.

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