SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON UNDIAGNOSED HYPERTENSION
February, which was American Heart Month, is now over and the team at Quality Insights hopes you took the opportunity to review the many provider and patients resources that have been highlighted in previous e-newsletters to improve blood pressure (BP) management in your patient population.
This week, we would like to highlight the issue of undiagnosed hypertension to wrap up the blood pressure (BP) theme.
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 BP 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.