AMA Offers 6 Tips to Improve Heart Health, Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
Feb 1, 2018 - 11:53:29 AM
“As American Heart Month gets underway, we encourage all Americans to take control of their heart health by monitoring their blood pressure levels and making healthy lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce the risk of serious health consequences associated with high blood pressure,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D. “An overwhelming number of Americans are living with uncontrolled high blood pressure—putting them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. By empowering more patients to monitor and control their blood pressure, we will continue to not only help improve health outcomes for patients, but also reduce health care costs.”
The AMA’s six tips for improving heart health to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, include the following:
Improving the health of the nation is a top priority for the AMA. The AMA has been working over the last several years to reduce the burden of preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease and will continue to further these efforts—particularly through its long-term collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) to address the growing burden of high blood pressure in the United States.
The AMA has long recognized high blood pressure as a major health threat and has developed online tools to support America’s physicians with the latest evidence-based information and resources they need to help manage their patients’ high blood pressure. These resources are available to all physicians and health systems as part of the AMA and AHA’sjoint Target: BP™ initiative—a national program launched in 2016 aimed at reducing the number of Americans who die from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.
In November, the AMA and AHA recognized 310 physician practices and health systems from across the country for their participation in the program and commitment to reducing the number of adult patients with uncontrolled blood pressure and improving health outcomes associated with heart disease.
Recently published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, a study examining the use of a blood pressure improvement program offered through Target: BP—to help physicians accurately measure and control their patient’s blood pressure—found that blood pressure control rates improved from approximately 61 percent to nearly 90 percent among medically underserved patients.