Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows that a "do-it-yourself" blood pressure management plan can work better than usual doctor-office care for some patients.

Older patients in the study did their own readings at home and adjusted medicine as needed. They had healthier blood pressure levels after a year than those who got standard doctors' care.

Self-care patients weren't completely on their own. Any changes they made were part of a plan previously OK'd by their doctors.

The study's lead author is from the University of Oxford; patients involved were in England and had previous heart trouble or other risky conditions.

The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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