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Friday, July 13, 2012

The SPRINT study
(Systolic blood pressure intervention trial)

Do you have high blood pressure? Hypertension is a serious disease with dangerous complications including increased risk of heart attack and stroke, kidney failure and possibly dementia.

University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, a Campus of UH Regional Hospitals is one of over 90 sites in the U.S. participating in a research trial sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) which examines the health benefits of aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure.

All patients receive FDA approved anti-hypertensive medications and are carefully monitored by our board-certified cardiologist, George Hawwa, MD and his team to ensure their blood pressure is maintained at or below recommended levels.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are 55 or older
  • Have a systolic (upper number) BP of 130 or greater
  • Are not diabetic
  • Have no history of stroke or TIA

As a study participant, you will receive:

  • Free blood pressure medication for 4-6 years
  • Free blood tests to monitor kidney function, potassium and sodium levels
  • Free neurologic studies to check for signs of dementia
  • $15 for each visit

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in the study, we invite you to call 440-735-4729.

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