About half of U.S. adults received selected preventive services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, called Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services Among Adults—United States, 2007-2010, aims to serve as a baseline for changes that occur with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the report.
Late News: CDC: Half of adults get preventive health services
Among the findings were that slightly less than half of patients with diagnosed ischemic cardiovascular disease were prescribed aspirin or other anti-platelet drugs and that despite improvements in hypertension treatment and control, slightly less than half of those with high blood pressure had it under control, according to the report. The results also indicate that just 68% of adults had their cholesterol levels checked during the preceding five years. The report also focused on assuring awareness of HIV-status; control of blood sugar among adults with diabetes; screening for colorectal cancer, tobacco use, and breast cancer; tobacco-cessation programs and tobacco-cessation medication use; and vaccination against influenza.
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