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Hypertension Control Message Map

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a dangerous and common condition.  Those who are low-income are more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to high income adults[1].  Public Housing Primary Care health centers reported that 35,580 patients had high blood pressure in 2013[2].  High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans[3].

Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017[4].  Million Hearts® Messages to Millions is designed to provide consistent, science-based Million Hearts® messages. Message maps provide key and supporting messages that stress the steps that can be taken to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The Hypertension Control Message Map shares the importance of blood pressure control and Blood Pressure Control Resources.

[1] Carroll, William. (2011)  "Hypertension in America: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Age 18 and Older, 2008." Statistical Brief #315. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

[2]Health Resources and Services Administration. (2014). "Table 6A – Selected Diagnoses and Services Rendered." 2013 National Data for Public Housing. Health Resources and Services Administration.

[3] National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. "High Blood Pressure." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Feb. 2015. Web. 16 Feb. 2015.

[4] "Million Hearts – Home." Million Hearts – Home.