Tuesday, February 9, 2021

February is Heart Month: Focus on Undiagnosed Hypertension

Are there patients in your practice with undiagnosed hypertension who may be “hiding in plain sight”?

Of the 75 million Americans who have hypertension, almost half do not have the condition under control. About 11 million of them don’t know their blood pressure is too high and are not receiving treatment to control it, even though most of these individuals have health insurance and visit a health care provider each year.

That means potentially millions of people with uncontrolled hypertension are seen by clinicians but remain undiagnosed. While following best practices and providing the highest levels of care, providers can still have patients “hiding in plain sight” who are at risk for or have undiagnosed hypertension. Finding these patients and spreading the word about how other health care professionals can find them may help save lives.

Use the Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool to gauge your clinic's estimated number of clients who may have high blood pressure but do not yet have a diagnosis.

Use the National Association of Community Health Centers' Change Package to find ways to help identify patients with undiagnosed high blood pressure.

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