Blood pressure measurement is a routine task in most practices, but are you sure it’s done accurately in yours? It’s easy to get skewed results if physicians and patients are not on the same page about how to take accurate blood pressure measurements. This infographic for in-office BP measuring offers a simple way to help your patients and practice get the most accurate results.
Other tips for addressing hypertension are available through Target: BP™, a joint initiative between the AMA and American Heart Association (AHA) to improve blood-pressure control.
Target: BP offers annual, recurring recognition for all participating sites and for those that achieve blood pressure control rates of 70 percent or higher among their adult patient population each year. In 2018, nearly 800 organizations have been recognized for their efforts focusing on blood pressure control within the populations they serve.
More ways to improve
Accurate BP measurement is key to both estimating cardiovascular disease risk and guiding management of high blood pressure. By avoiding common errors, your team can provide correct diagnosis and provide quicker treatment, improving BP control rates.
The new in-office BP thresholds from the 2017 hypertension guideline impact how you diagnose. While this means more Americans will have high blood pressure, it doesn’t mean they face new dramatic risks or need medication right away. However, it is an important opportunity to prevent problems by gaining awareness and taking action earlier.
Here are some additional resources to help you improve your practice’s hypertension management:
- Read the three questions you should ask patients when measuring their blood pressure.
- See how you can help patients outside of office visits with self-measured BP monitoring.
- Understand what the barriers to hypertension control are and how to address them.
- Know these five things from the 2017 hypertension guideline.
An AMA membership means you’re motivating millions to control hypertension. When the nation’s health is on the line, you can count on the AMA to be part of the solution.