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  • Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients and Doctors Roughly half of patients don’t take their high blood pressure medicine as they should, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Now, a drug test can flag whether a patient is taking the prescribed medication and is meant to spark a more truthful conversation between patient and doctor.
  • Ambulatory 24-Hour BP Monitoring Best Predicts Mortality The largest study ever conducted of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring shows 24-hour measures predict mortality much better than do office measurements and should now be routine, researchers say.
  • Mild TBI May Elevate Parkinson's Disease Risk Veterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury have a 56% increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a large retrospective cohort study shows.
  • HF Readmission More Likely in HF With Reduced EF Hospitals with a larger proportion of heart failure with reduced than with preserved ejection fraction in their case mix could be subject to greater CMS penalties based on readmissions, at least in theory.