Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By American Heart Association News t’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation. Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take their medications as directed

CHA Partnership Leads to Reduction of Heart Disease and Stroke Mortality in Senior Residents

Innovative partnerships enable seniors to stay alive and healthy, as demonstrated by the senior residents of three Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) buildings who participated in the annual “Check. Change. Control.” program sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA). Over the last five years since the program began, about half of the participants’ blood pressure has

Making inroads in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Two recent studies highlight diverse but promising approaches, and a few potential pitfalls, in better preventing cardiovascular disease across broad populations. One study focused on patients 75 and older in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, a sweeping effort to discover whether heart disease and stroke rates could be reduced if blood pressure targets

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Family History Of HBP Focuses Trainer’s Mission On Heart Health

Celebrity trainer Scott Parker works with clients across the globe eager to lose weight, build stamina and sculpt muscles. After watching his father struggle with severe hypertension, he makes sure controlling high blood pressure is also on their list. Parker, who is based in Los Angeles, never personally struggled with high blood pressure, but has

Enter the Million Hearts 2017 Hypertension Control Challenge

2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge

Today, health systems and professionals are equipped with the knowledge and technology to help patients manage high blood pressure more effectively than ever before. Still, high blood pressure contributes to more than 1,100 deaths in the United States each day and puts millions at risk for heart disease and stroke. About 1 in 3 American

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High Blood Pressure Linked To Racial Segregation In Neighborhoods

Article posted by the National Institutes of Health on May 15, 2017. Living in racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with a rise in the blood pressure of black adults, while moving away from segregated areas is associated with a decrease — and significant enough to lead to reductions in heart attacks and strokes, a National

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To Bring Down Stubbornly HBP, It Helps To Have A Team

You’ve probably heard the phrase “it takes a village” to get things done. Many clinics across the U.S. are finding that’s true for effectively controlling their patients’ high blood pressure. “It’s not just medications that are required to treat hypertension,” explains Kirk Evoy, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center