SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

May 17, 2016 11:27 ET

AMA Encourages More Patients to Know Their Numbers on World Hypertension Day

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 17, 2016) - With the number of deaths caused by high blood pressure on the rise in the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) is joining the American Heart Association (AHA) to increase public awareness of this "silent killer." In conjunction with World Hypertension Day, the AMA is supporting the Know Your Numbers campaign to encourage more patients to monitor their blood pressure levels and take the necessary steps to get their high blood pressure-or hypertension-under control.

"In addition to its obvious devastating impact on patients and their families, heart disease has a massive financial ripple effect across the health care system. On World Hypertension Day, the AMA remains keenly focused on the millions of Americans who have uncontrolled hypertension," said AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D. "By empowering more patients to monitor and control their blood pressure, we will help improve health outcomes for patients and reduce health care costs."

Last November, the AHA and AMA announced the launch of a new national campaign, Target: BP™, aimed at addressing the growing burden of high blood pressure in the United States. The organizations will soon begin the next phase of this joint initiative to ensure that physician practices and health systems across the country are taking the necessary steps to improve blood pressure control rates within their communities.

Only half of the approximately 80 million American adults with high blood pressure have it under control, despite the fact that it can usually be easily treated. And, nearly 20 percent of all people with high blood pressure in the U.S. don't know they have the symptomless condition and are at higher risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke. High blood pressure is also associated with significant economic impact, costing Americans an estimated $46 billion annually in healthcare services, medications and missed days of work.

The AMA has long recognized high blood pressure as a major health threat and has developed online tools to help people understand and control their risks for high blood pressure. Improving the health of the nation is a top priority for the AMA and we will continue to further our efforts aimed at reducing the burden of preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation's physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care to patients and communities. For more than 165 years the AMA has been unwavering in its commitment to using its unique position and knowledge to shape a healthier future for America. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

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