Missouri Hypertension Control Summit

Missouri Hypertension Control Summit


(fast instrumental music) – Right now in the city of St. Louis we have an incidence
of high blood pressure of 300,000. That’s filling Bush Stadium six times. – High blood pressure is
the leading risk factor on the planet for premature death and disability and in the United States it’s the leading modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It’s summits like this, it
brings organizations together that are competing with each
other in the everyday world, but want to do the right thing. They want to improve
the health of the city. – American Heart Association and the American Medical Association both are national organizations
that are truly respected with programs and tools that are evidence-based
and backed by science. – MAP is a systematic approach to improving blood pressure control by focusing on three
really important things. Measuring accurately, acting quickly when
blood pressure is higher than it should be, and
partnering with patients. – The MAP program is very efficient. It’s not that they’re doing more, they’re doing things differently. And they’re doing things better. You’ll see a rapid
lowering of blood pressure in as little as six months that will be sustainable over time. – Learning from work that
is done in other places, we’ve been able to improve our
hypertension control rates. – And the results that
you get, they are real. – Also, in St. Louis, the
American Heart Association and the American Medical Association are engaged in community
kinds of programs. – When they come together with
resources in the community, this empowers our patients
to be part of that team. – People are having
heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure and
devastating their lives and we know what to do
and MAP is the recipe for how to do it. – And what we’re hoping to do here is to get as many healthcare
organizations as possible to get on the MAP,
participate in target BP, and improve blood pressure control. (instrumental music)

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