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CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action on high blood pressure

CDC Vital Signs reports on a single, compelling public health topic each month. This CDC fact sheet focuses on uncontrolled high blood pressure and the numerous opportunities to treat this serious health risk.

The current Vital Signs report finds that many people with uncontrolled high blood pressure take medicine and have seen a doctor two or more times during the past year. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day and costs the nation almost $131 billion annually in direct healthcare costs. According to the report, team-based care is a successful approach to control high blood pressure. Pharmacists, nurses, dieticians, and community health workers can assist doctors in sharing the responsibility for identifying and treating patients with high blood pressure at every visit. In addition, patients should be counseled to take their medications as prescribed, monitor their blood pressure closely, and make important lifestyle changes including eating a healthy, low sodium diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.

For more information, or to read the full issue, please visit www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

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