World Hypertension Day is May 17, 2020 - Southern Medical Association

May 15, 2020

World Hypertension Day is May 17, 2020

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is common; however, certain groups of people are more likely to have control over their high blood pressure than others.

  • A greater percent of men (47%) have high blood pressure than women (43%).
  • High blood pressure is more common in non-Hispanic black adults (54%) than in non-Hispanic white adults (46%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (39%), or Hispanic adults (36%).
  • Among those recommended to take blood pressure medication, blood pressure control is higher among non-Hispanic white adults (32%) than in non-Hispanic black adults (25%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (19%), or Hispanic adults (25%).

*Statistics provided by the CDC

Hypertension: Still a Significant Health Concern

Heart disease or cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and now globally. It is appropriate that we continue to educate clinicians and citizens of the pathophysiology, clinical consequences, and management of heart disease. Since hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease including its major target organs such as the heart, brain, kidney, and blood vessels, this podcast will be dedicated to hypertension. Areas of discussion that will take place are: why is hypertension an important clinical condition, what causes hypertension, and what are some current innovative measures and/or programs to detect and manage hypertension for the individual as well as at a population level.

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Modalities to Achieve Hypertension Control in Clinical Practice: A Call to Action

Despite safe and effective treatment for hypertension, the awareness, treatment, and control rates for hypertension are disappointing, including in the United States (hypertension control rates of approximately 50-60 percent). Given these rather dismal control rates it is clear that different approaches to the detection, management, and treatment of hypertension is sorely needed. Newer modalities to approach the hypertensive patient could include the use of smaller pharmacologic formularies and fixed-dose combination anti-hypertensive agents, including in the initial treatment of the hypertension.

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SMJ Articles

July 2019
Prevalence of Systemic Hypertension Among HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Young Adults in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ryscavage P, Still W, Nyemba V, Stafford K.

September 2018
Parental Age and the Risk of Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia.
Ortiz C, Rondeau NU, Moore LE, Mulla ZD.

March 2018
Standardized Hypertension Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality Worldwide.
Patel P, Ordunez P, Connell K, Lackland D, DiPette D; Standardized Hypertension Treatment and Prevention Network.

A playlist from our Youtube Channel of former presentations dealing with Hypertension/Heart Health.