February is American Heart Month and serves as the perfect time of year to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
As a trusted healthcare professional, you are on the front lines of helping patients strive for heart healthy lifestyles. Beyond the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of heart related conditions, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the full impact of cardiac disease in America.
Uncontrolled Blood Pressure in America
According to the
American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Associations (AMA)
, nearly 80 million adults (approximately 1 in 3) in the United States have high blood pressure (BP). Research shows that high BP is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9 percent of those with high BP are not controlled, that's
36.7 million people
Costs Beyond Patient Health
It is estimated that high BP costs the country about
$48.6 billion each year. These costs range from healthcare services and medications to missed days of work.
Target: BP Can Make A Difference
The AHA and AMA partnered to launch
Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation. This national initiative aims to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.
Based on the most current AHA guidelines, the Target: BP initiative supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure goal rates of less than 140/90 mmHg within the patient populations they serve.