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Hypertension Resources for Providers

Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 requires work and a commitment to change from all of us. There are steps each of us—and our organizations—can take to reach this shared goal. Find out how you can be one in a Million Hearts® and make a positive difference in your family, community, and nation.  Visit our continuing education page for training modules awarding credit hours.  Also see Million Hearts for Providers

ph12345629_w.jpgBy doing what we know works, health care professionals, health care systems, and public health organizations can help prevent 1,000,000 heart attacks and strokes and meet these goals by 2017:
  • 47% to 70% increase in aspirin use for secondary prevention
  • 46% to 70% increase in blood pressure control
  • 33% to 70% increase in cholesterol management
  • 23% to 70% increase in help for those who want to quit smoking
  • 20% reduction in sodium consumption
  • 50% reduction in trans-fat consumption
Additional Steps
  • Use health IT
  • Use electronic health records and other health IT to identify patients who need support to improve their ABCS and then track their progress over time.
  • Use team-based care
Focus on the ABCS
  • Aspirin when appropriate
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation
Use clinical innovations, including:
  • Use everyone who interacts with patients to the top of their skills and license
  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical support
  • Reward and recognize excellence in the ABCS
Obtaining an Accurate Blood Pressure 
Choose A or B: 
Which is the correct definition of Diastolic blood pressure?
A. Phase 5 the last Korotkoff sounds heard equates to the diastolic blood pressure
B. Phase 5 is not really a sound; it indicates the disappearance of sounds and equates to the diastolic blood pressure
Answer appears below.
30% of blood pressure readings are inaccurate.  Learn more about obtaining an accurate blood pressure reading by clicking on links below.
Maine Medical association’s Committee in CME:  The Detection and Management of High Blood Pressure-   1.5 CME    
New England Journal of Medicine Video: Blood Pressure Measurement
Correct Answer: 
If you thought the correct answer was “A” you are not alone; but the correct answer is “B”.   
Additional Resources
Developing a “Hypertension Protocol”
Hypertension Protocol Template
Hypertension Treatment Algorithm (JNC7)
Self- Measured Blood Pressure: An Action Guide for Clinicians
Clinical Advisor: How to Implement Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
American Heart Association High Blood Pressure downloadable patient information sheets
Heart Attack Risk Calculator
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