Thursday, October 8, 2020

Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Control Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke—two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly half of US adults have hypertension, and only about 1 in 4 has it under control (<130/80 mm Hg). 

More concerning is that our progress in hypertension control has stalled and racial and geographic disparities persist. Greater hypertension control is possible, but we must increase our efforts, explore new interventions, and expand our partnerships with different sectors to make a difference.

This week, the CDC released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, which summarizes recent data, identifies goals and strategies to accelerate national efforts, and outlines how different sectors, beyond public health and governmental agencies, can work together to promote control across all populations. This report is timely and critical, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the impact of chronic conditions, such as hypertension, on African American, Hispanic, and other minority populations that experience health inequities.

The Call to Action bolsters HHS’s Healthy People 2030 goals to increase hypertension control among adults, while also promoting and identifying proven strategies that can be replicated, adapted, and scaled across diverse settings. The report outlines three goals to support improvement, each with strategies to accelerate progress:
  • Goal 1. Make hypertension control a national priority.        
  • Goal 2. Ensure that the places where people live, learn, work, and play support hypertension control. 
  • Goal 3. Optimize patient care for hypertension control.
We have the tools and resources to substantially improve hypertension control.  You can help spread the word that hypertension control is possible. Download, share, and use the Call to Action report and the Partner Toolkit to promote hypertension control.

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