American Heart Association Hails Evidence that Team-Based Approach Improves Blood Pressure Control

May 15, 2012 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Advocacy News
Washington, D.C., May 15, 2012 American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s recommendation by the Community Preventive Services Task Force on team-based care and hypertension:  As a proud and committed partner in the Million Hearts initiative, the American Heart Association commends the Community Preventive Services Task Force for recommending team-based care to improve blood pressure control.
 
In the fight against heart disease and stroke, controlling blood pressure is critical. The association is committed to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure through numerous initiatives. They include promoting public funding for heart disease and stroke prevention programs; ensuring availability of essential cardiovascular disease preventive benefits in private insurance and public health programs; and ensuring access to coordinated, quality, affordable health care.
 
A team-based approach to hypertension can help ensure that patients with this condition get the best quality care. Team-based care models also help address the efficiency, access and cost issues facing our nation’s healthcare system by using each healthcare professional to the fullest extent of their training and skill. The association’s testing of team-based models has revealed positive outcomes.  By using the AHA’s Heart360 online platform and incorporating clinical pharmacists into the healthcare team, patients reduced their blood pressure at a greater rate than those not receiving care via these models. Most importantly, they were much more satisfied with their overall treatment.
 
Less than 1 percent of the U.S. public meets the American Heart Association’s criteria for ideal heart health. Team-based care for improving blood pressure is one successful approach that will help us reverse this alarming trend, and move us closer to the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.”

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For Media: Contact Retha Sherrod, (202) 785-7929;  retha.sherrod@heart.org