The Department of Health and Human Services this month published the second edition of its Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package (HCCP), a compilation of concepts, ideas, and evidence- and practice-based tools and resources used by health centers and clinics to improve hypertension control.
Hypertension can cause damage to the heart and put individuals at higher risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States. Reducing hypertension is a critical step in lowering the risk of other, more severe diseases and conditions for patients with this condition.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 108 million people, or nearly half of adults in the U.S., have hypertension or are taking medication to lower their blood pressure. Hypertension was a primary or contributing cause for nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. in 2017.
The second edition of the HCCP was created to arm physicians, practices, health centers, and health systems with additional, up-to-date information in the field of hypertension control. The update includes tools and resources used by providers across the nation that were recognized as Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions by reaching 80 percent control rates among their patients with hypertension. Additionally, more tools and resources for self-measured blood pressure monitoring have been included in this newest HCCP as clinical support for this method has grown.
The updated HCCP also includes more tools for clinicians to find patients with potentially undiagnosed hypertension in their patient populations, and new strategies that focus on chronic kidney disease testing and identification.