Monday, May 13, 2013

New Report on Ethnic Disparities in Awareness, Treatment and Control of High Blood Pressure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report entitled “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Awareness, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension—United States, 2003–2010.”

According to the study, Mexican Americans have lower awareness and treatment of hypertension compared to African Americans and Whites. Although African Americans had the highest levels of hypertension awareness and treatment, this group had one of the lowest rates of blood pressure control.

The report findings reinforce the need for continued implementation of proven, evidence-based strategies that improve blood pressure treatment and control for those with hypertension across all racial/ethnic groups and stages of disease.

For more information and/or to read the full article, please visit CDC's website.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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