Shake, Rattle and Roll
African Americans are more likely to have strokes than any other racial-ethnic group. Controlling high blood pressure is the key to preventing strokes.
Update: Enrollment and the 1 year follow-up have been completed for all participants in Lifestyle, Enhanced Monitoring and Usual Care arms of the study. Preliminary data analysis is in progress.
This study is currently underway at Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center. African-American patients with high blood pressure are participating in two interventions:
Shake the salt habit. A personalized diet and lifestyle intervention, delivered by phone, is guiding participants toward healthy changes using the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan.
Rattle blood pressure medications. Dedicated pharmacists and nurses are working closely with study participants to make sure that each patient is taking the medications that work best for them, while helping them identify and overcome barriers to taking medications as prescribed.
Taking what they learn from the "shake" and "rattle" interventions, Kaiser Permanente and UCSF will
"roll" out the best strategies for controlling high blood pressure and stroke to their members, patients and other communities.