Dare to Prevent Heart Disease
Patrick E. Keefe Professor in Pharmacy
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Director, National Interdisciplinary Primary Care Network
Medicine and Pharmacy
One American dies every 39 seconds from cardiovascular disease, yet these deaths are preventable with lifestyle changes and medication therapy. Research suggests that when pharmacists team up with primary care physicians, chronic conditions are managed more successfully. Doctors more closely follow recommended medication guidelines and patients more often do their part to manage their diet, exercise and take their medication. In 2014 hypertension expert Barry Carter received a five-year National Institutes of Health grant that is allowing him to expand this cardiovascular disease care model to Sioux City, Waterloo and Davenport with the goal of having it adopted by physicians’ offices throughout the United States.
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