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 clinicians and patients aren’t on the same page about how to take accurate blood pressure measurements. This infographic offers a simple way to help your patients and practice get the most accurate results.
More ways to improve
Observe National High Blood Pressure Education Month by sharing this infographic on Facebook or Twitter with your practice team and patients so they understand how seemingly minor factors can affect their blood pressure measurements.
In particular, take note of May 7, the Measure Up/Pressure Down National Day of Action when the health care community is making a concerted effort to raise awareness about hypertension control.
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.
- Hear what other physicians are doing to control hypertension in their practices.
- See how you can help patients manage blood pressure outside of office visits.
Watch AMA Wire® in the coming weeks for information about how to implement self-measured blood pressure monitoring for patients, which can up your chances of getting patients under control.
Why you should take action
The number of hypertension-related deaths in the United States increased by 66 percent over the past decade, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all other causes combined increased only 3.5 percent during that period.
The AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes initiative is taking steps to reverse this trend.
Through this initiative, the AMA and participating physicians and care teams are working with researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities to develop and test evidence-based blood pressure recommendations and provide practical tools for physician practices.