High Blood Pressure

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group is doing a Great Job

Hypertension has been a drain on medical resources for a very long time.  At the dawn of the modern age, a number of lifestyles changes and other factors increased the incidence of high blood pressure to a great extent. There was an increase in mortality rates because of this silent disease. A group of people decided to establish a program for educating the masses and reducing the incidence of high blood pressure.

In 1972, the national High Blood Pressure Education Program was established. This was a cooperative effort of voluntary health organizations and professionals, state health departments, and many other community groups. The NHBPEP is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

The goal of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group is to reduce the incidence of  high blood pressure through various programs. The aim of these programs is to increase awareness amongst doctors, health care professionals and patients.

The foundation and its presently working agencies have taken the pledge to reduce the incidence of high blood pressure and the accomplish stroke and heart disease Healthy People 2010 objectives for the Nation.

Various strategies have been implemented by people working under the NHBPEP in order to achieve these objectives.  These strategies focus on developing and disseminating information by developing educational material and increasing the initiative of all participants of the programs.

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group offers resources in a number of major areas such as Information Compilation and Distribution, Public, Patient, and Professional Education, Community Program Expansion, Assessment and Information Analysis, and Technology Relocate and Electronic Allocation.

Since the inception of the NHBPEP, the mortality rates on account of stroke and congestive heart failure have decreased by 60 and 50 per cent respectively. One of the major reasons for these two diseases is hypertension. This is a commendable achievement.