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Preventing Heart Disease

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Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

  • One in 3 American adults has high blood pressure.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.

Hundreds Join Initiative

More than 400 medical practices, providers and health systems are now participating in Target: BP the joint national initiative of the AMA and the American Heart Association (AHA), aimed at reducing the number of American adults who die from heart attacks and strokes every year.

As the initiative has evolved, a recognition program is also being implemented to recognize healthcare providers, groups and clinics that attain high levels of blood pressure control.

Recognition Program

Physician practices and health systems will be recognized for achieving blood pressure control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. There are two levels of recognition:

  1. Achievement: ≥70% of patients with blood pressure controlled to <140/90 in 2016.
  2. Participation: Recognizes health care systems for registering with Target: BP and submitting data.
Register for Target: BP

Participants receive guidance and support from the AHA field staff, as well as a newsletter providing the latest cardiovascular news and information.

“Even a 10 percent increase in the number of people successfully treated for hypertension would lead to the prevention of an additional 14,000 deaths each year. That is exactly why we launched our Target: BP initiative.”
Andrew W. Gurman, M.D.
AMA President

Tips for Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

Accurate Blood Pressure Tips

Target: BP  Calls on Health Care Providers to Use M.A.P.

  • Measure blood pressure accurately, every time it’s measured. Measuring accurately is the first step to hypertension control.
  • Act rapidly to address high blood pressure readings.
  • Partner with patients, families and communities to promote self-management.

Access the M.A.P. tools to select the strategies and tools that best fit the needs of your practice.

What's nice about [the M.A.P. Framework] is you can pick and choose the tools you might use according to your assessment of what your office is in need of.
Deborah Midgley, MD
Erie Family Health Center
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