The Importance Of Pharmacist Care At The Management Of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

988 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Importance of Pharmacist Care in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in adults worldwide and it accounts for approximately one-third of mortality in Canada and in the United States. Elevated blood pressure (BP) is also another major cause of death worldwide. The reduction of BP is a cornerstone of the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), there are numerous hypertensive patients that do not achieve adequate blood pressure control. In the United States in 2009-2010, there was an estimation of 53% of all hypertensive people and 40% of treated hypertensive people had uncontrolled BP. The lower rates of blood pressure control have been reported in European countries. Interventions to improve the management of CVD risk factors are needed because patients may have difficulties accessing their primary care physicians and health care costs are rapidly rising, greater use of community-based models of care has been proposed. Pharmacists are highly accessible health care professionals because of their knowledge of drug therapy and their computerized medication records, they are well positioned to provide the necessary medication instructions to patients to improve safe medication use and are in collaboration with primary physicians to assist in preventive CVD care. There are numerous studies that showed beneficial interventions of pharmacists in medication use, identification of patients…
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