Blood Pressure And Your Health

High Blood Pressure Educational Programme

High blood pressure is a widespread disease amongst Americans. Approximately one-third of the American population is affected by this disease. With the aim to control and contain the incidence of high blood pressure amongst Americans, the National High Blood Pressure Educational Programme (HBPEP) was established in 1972.

This programme is the result of co-operative efforts between voluntary and professional health organizations, state health departments and community welfare groups. It is co-coordinated and managed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

This high blood pressure education programme aims to reduce cases of death and disability due to hypertension through improved public awareness. Development and distribution of educational literature is one of the main means for achieving this aim.

The High Blood Pressure Education Programme aspires to educate people about the need for control and prevention of high blood pressure. Results are achieved through coordination  and mobilization of resources between the various agencies involved.

The multidisciplinary committee defines national priorities, examines issues of concern, explores future possibilities and sponsors nation-wide activities.

The major high blood pressure control issues include increased stroke mortality, effective treatment, modifications in lifestyle, reducing systolic pressure in older Americans, issues relating to African American women children and adolescents, educational strategies, developing and providing support to anti-hypertensive measures.

The HBPEP provides information related to high blood pressure through its health information network. Publications including posters, pamphlets, brochures, radio messages, fact sheets and print ads are distributed to inculcate and improve public awareness about the need for controlling hypertension. Information on a mass scale is made is made available by using the Internet.

The High Blood Pressure Education Programme provides assistance in development and execution of community welfare programmes, educational programmes, workshops and conferences. It evaluates the results of studies in the area of hypertension, analyses data and provides results.

As a result of the conscientious efforts of this programme, there has been a marked increase in public awareness and decrease in the incidence of hypertension. Attempts are being made to duplicate this effort in the direction of control and prevention of other diseases like asthma, diabetes and kidney disease. Other countries are also trying to emulate this model for control of various diseases in their country.