Team-Based Approach is a Step Forward in the Fight Against High Blood Pressure, Says American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown

September 04, 2012 Categories: Advisories & Comments, Advocacy News
Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2012 American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 
“As an early collaborator and supporter of the Million Hearts initiative, the American Heart Association welcomes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s continuing efforts to reduce heart disease and stroke and focus on control of high blood pressure. While the numbers in this report are staggering, we are convinced that embracing a team-based approached to manage and control hypertension, as described by the CDC, is a critical component of the efforts needed to reverse this alarming trend.  The American Heart Association is committed to working with the CDC and others to confront this challenge head-on.
Today’s report highlights the challenges we face in the fight against hypertension. Nearly 67 million adults are affected by high blood pressure today, and nearly 36 million of those are living with uncontrolled high blood pressure. Those living with uncontrolled blood pressure are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease and 4 times more likely to die from a stroke. The consequences of hypertension are so devastating that we cannot afford to miss a single opportunity to get high blood pressure under control.
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.
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 trend, and move us closer to our Million Hearts initiative goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years.”
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