Blood pressure control is a challenge for both the patients and their providers. Data shows that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, and stroke. Uncontrol blood pressure also affects the kidneys, eyes and the brain. Less than half of the adults in the U.S. have their blood pressure under control.
Studies shows that educational programs on high blood pressure are effective in increasing individual’s knowledge about the disease, improve self-management, and control harmful lifestyle habits in patients with high blood pressure. Blood pressure screening interventions can reduce high blood pressure.
Community based hypertension screenings and encouraging clients with high blood pressures to seek care and follow blood pressure lowering behavioral changes could have a long-term positive impact on systolic blood pressure and cardiovascular disease burden and death.