The Hill (9/5, Viebeck) reports in its "Healthwatch" blog that the report found that "high blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day by increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sixty-seven million Americans have high blood pressure, and of these, 36 million cases are uncontrolled, according to the report. Another 16 million Americans take medication from the condition but still struggle, the report found." Furthermore, "The CDC estimates that healthcare costs related to high blood pressure top $130 billion annually."
The Los Angeles Times (9/5, Maugh) quotes Frieden, who said, "We have to roll up our sleeves and make blood pressure control a priority every day, with every patient, at every doctor's visit." According to the CDC, "Specifically, this means that patients should make sure to take their medications, eat a healthful, low-sodium diet, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and not smoke." Furthermore, "Physicians should be more alert to patients with high blood pressure, and electronic medical records systems could be modified to flag such patients."
The Boston Globe (9/5, Kotz) reports in its "Daily Dose" blog, "The CDC is launching a new campaign tomorrow called 'team up pressure down' to get pharmacists more involved in helping patients manage their hypertension by providing them with fact-sheets and instructions to hand out along with prescriptions."
CardioSource (9/5) reports, "'The CDC report underscores the importance of working with patients to manage hypertension,' said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. 'The College is proud to be partnering with the CDC on initiatives like Million Hearts to raise awareness about managing this condition and other risk factors in order to prevent coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.'"
Also reporting this story are Reuters (9/5, Kuo), NPR (9/5, Hensley) "Shots" blog, Time (9/5, de Baca), the Huffington Post (9/5, Chan), the Detroit Free Press (9/5, Erb), MedPage Today (9/5, Neale), and HealthDay (9/5, Gardner).
POSTED BY: Steven Almany M.D.