Half of Americans Have High Blood Pressure According to New Guidelines

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Updated blood pressure guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure.

A study by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association examined how new blood pressure guidelines impact treatment recommendations for U.S. adults. These updated guidelines reveal that nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, yet not all require blood pressure-lowering medication.

Previous guidelines defined high blood pressure as readings of 140/90 mmHg or higher, with 32% of participants falling into this range. By dropping the high blood pressure definition to 130/80 mmHg or above, nearly half (46%) of U.S. adults now have hypertension.

Fortunately, not all 46% of adults will require medication to lower their blood pressure. It’s estimated that the number of adults needing medication will increase by only 2% because medication is recommended for patients only with high cardiovascular risk or those with stage 2 hypertension.

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Outcome Health Leverages Platform to Stop Spread of Flu

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Recent numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that this year’s flu season ranks among the worst in nearly a decade. As of Feb 3, influenza activity has spread to every state. In that week alone, 10 children died from flu-related illnesses, bringing this season’s total to 63.

Lena H. Sun from the Washington Post has done extensive reporting on this year’s epidemic. Health officials confirmed that this year’s flu season started early and that there’s been an increase in the number of people visiting their doctors or health-care providers for flu-like symptoms. Therefore, point of care is a powerful place for patients to learn about flu prevention as they ride out the rest of this season. Outcome Health is using its health-education platform to deploy information to its nationwide provider-network of 42,000 offices in an effort to educate patients on the best ways to prevent the spread of flu. This campaign will run from February 1st through March 31st.

Protect Yourself from the Flu! from Outcome Health on Vimeo.

For the most up to date influenza reports, visit the CDC’s Fluview.