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Medical News and Perspectives
July 11, 2007

DASH Dietary Plan Could Benefit Many, but Few Hypertensive Patients Follow It

JAMA. 2007;298(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.298.2.164

Chicago—A diet proven to reduce blood pressure is barely used by patients with hypertension, a study found.

The study of 4386 patients informed by a physician that they had hypertension, conducted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, NC, found that only 22% were following an eating plan modeled on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, recommended by current national guidelines. The researchers presented their findings at the scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension held here in May.

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