Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Million Hearts Colorado: Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring and Team-Based Care

One in three American adults has high blood pressure and more than half of those do not have their high blood pressure under control. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, and is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and both heart failure and kidney failure. Improving blood pressure control to recommended levels reduces the occurrence of these events and prevents unnecessary deaths. Moreover, because of the high rates of high blood pressure in black patients and lower rates of blood pressure control in black and
Hispanic patients compared with white patients, improved BP control has the potential to decrease related health disparities.

Many types of interventions to improve blood pressure control have been tested. Recent systematic reviews show strong evidence that effective methods to improve blood pressure control include self-measured blood pressure monitoring plus additional clinical support and empowerment of non-physician clinicians (e.g. pharmacists and nurse practitioners) to manage patients’ high blood pressure.

Read the new Science-In-Brief Feature summarizing recent studies in home blood pressure monitoring here.

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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