AHA/ACC/CDC Science Advisory: An Effective Approach to HBP Control

Updated:May 14,2015
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AHA/ACC/CDC Science Advisory: An Effective Approach to High Blood Pressure Control

This AHA/ACC/CDC science advisory is intended to complement and support clinical guidelines, providing clinicians and health systems tools to improve treatment and control of hypertension.  It serves as a call to action for broad-based efforts to improve hypertension awareness, treatment, and the proportion of patients treated and controlled. 

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, hypertension and heart failure, along with stroke, continue to be leading causes of death in the United States. Hypertension currently affects nearly 78 million adults in the United States and is also a major modifiable risk factor for other cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Currently, hypertension affects 46% of patients with known cardiovascular disease, 72% of those who have suffered a stroke, and was listed as a primary or contributing cause in approximately 15% of the 2.4 million deaths in 2009.

This advisory includes a template outlining a general approach for an effective treatment algorithm, Controlling Hypertension in Adults, that is intended to be a critical part of a multipronged, systematic approach to controlling hypertension, as it facilitates clinical decision-making, provides a default approach with proven benefits, and engages multiple providers in a coordinated manner.

Read the full article in Hypertension
. 2013: published online before print November 15, 2013, 10.1161/HYP.0000000000000003.

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Did You See? Clinical Practice Guidelines & Advisories for Prevention

AHA and ACC are pleased to announce the only comprehensive series of new cardiovascular prevention guidelines and advisories for the assessment and management of hypertension, cardiovascular risk, lifestyle modifications that reduce risk, management of elevated blood cholesterol, and management of increased body weight in adults. The guidelines are based on rigorous, comprehensive, systematic evidence reviews originally sponsored by the NHLBI. The ACC and AHA collaborated with professional organizations to finalize these AHA/ACC cardiovascular prevention guidelines and advisories, and stakeholder organizations were invited to review and endorse the final documents.

Learn at Heart

To support the implementation of these guidelines, the American Heart Association is making a series of web tools available for download now.

Narrated slidesets on the content of each guideline are available at learn.heart.org:

  • Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk
  • Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults
  • Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
  • Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

The new Pooled Cohort Equations CV Risk Calculator is available at my.americanheart.org/cvriskcalculator.

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