Did you know that May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month?
High blood pressure affects nearly 68 million people in the United States and only half of those diagnosed have the condition under control. Frequently referred to as the silent killer, high blood pressure is a common risk factor for some of the most deadly and costly diseases including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes complications.
The American Medical Group Foundation began the Measure Up, Pressure Down campaign with an ultimate goal of having 80% of patients with high blood pressure in control by 2016. They have mobilized nearly 150 medical groups and health systems all working to achieve measurable improvements in high blood pressure prevention, detection and control. In addition, the campaign is engaging Americans to manage their condition and remain educated of the effects of high blood pressure.
Today, as part of the American Medical Group Foundation’s Measure Up, Pressure Down National Day of Action, organizations across 22 states are joining together to inform and educate their local residents. Each participating organization has committed to complete at least one action, big or small, to raise awareness of high blood pressure to patients, providers, employees or the general public.
This year organizations have committed to a variety of actions including free blood pressure screenings, employee education and training on proper blood pressure reading techniques, patient education material development and distribution, online health chats and more!
National Day of Action has begun, are you committed to the initiative?