Hypertension control is a national public health priority that should not take a back seat to COVID-19, declared U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH.
Adams is leading an initiative, summarized in a document titled “Call to Action to Control Hypertension,” by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intended to ensure that communities nationwide support hypertension control and to optimize patient care to achieve it.
Adams promoted self-monitoring of blood pressure (BP) as an integral component of patient care. “We need people to know their numbers,” Adams said.
Current guidelines recommend out-of-office BP monitoring to avoid white coat or masked hypertension. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) recently published a policy statement emphasizing the established clinical benefits and potential cost-effectiveness of self-measured BP (SMBP) over office BP.
“To ensure access to BP monitoring for those who would considerably benefit from it, we urge the