May Is High Blood Pressure Month
High blood pressure affects more about 50 million American adults. Of those with hypertension, about 68% are aware of their condition but only 27% have it under control. The reasons for this include not taking drugs as prescribed and/or not taking a medication that sufficiently lowers blood pressure.
Hypertension can lead to stroke, heart failure, or kidney damage. To help prevent that, blood pressure must be lowered to less than 140/90 mm Hg. Normal blood pressure is less than 130/85 mm Hg.
ASHP recognizes this serious health problem and supports this effort in spreading the word about the dangers of uncontrolled hypertension. The Societys Commission on Therapeutics will publish in 1999 or 2000 a Therapeutic Position Statement on Optimizing Treatment of Hypertension to encourage multidisciplinary action on this issue. In addition to this position statement, another paper written by Barry Carter, Pharm.D. and William Elliott, M.D., Ph.D. on the role of Pharmacists in the Detection, Management, and Control of Hypertension: A national Call to Action. will be published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists. In addition, the JNC VI Guidelines are included in the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information reference that ASHP publishes.
Below are various links to additional resources to help you better understand what you can do in preventing, detecting, controlling, and treating high blood pressure.
- National High Blood Pressure Education Month Web site contains materials on diet, facts about high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes.
- Hypertension Network provides information about this very common, but often misunderstood, medical condition so that you can make more informed choices and communicate more effectively with your doctor.
- JNC VI Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension Recommendations provides a contemporary approach to hypertension prevention and control.
- PharmInfoNet Hypertension Information Center (on PharmInfoNet) which contains a vast array of resources from drugs to articles for high blood pressure to discussions groups to recent developments about hypertension
- American Heart Association
- Internet Health Resources
- Inter-American Hypertension Society