Billings Clinic is launching a national campaign aimed at improving high blood pressure prevention, detection and control.
One in three — or 68 million — U.S. adults have high blood pressure, and less than half of patients have their condition adequately controlled, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day and accounts for an estimated $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity. The most effective way to control high blood pressure is for the patient to receive care from a coordinated team of health professionals, according to the CDC study.
As part of the campaign, Billings Clinic and others have pledged to work toward achieving the campaign's goal by adopting one or more care processes known to improve patient outcomes. Groups will also track and report their progress on achieving better outcomes for patients.
The campaign, Measure Up, Pressure Down will also engage patients, employers and others in a wide-reaching effort to raise awareness and empower individuals and communities to tackle one of the nation’s most important public health challenges.
More information about Measure Up, Pressure Down is available at www.measureuppressuredown.com.